Pupils demonstrate throughout country
23 November 2007, RIJSWIJK – Secondary school students staged demonstrations throughout the country on Friday. Pupils left schools at about 11 am in various cities.
23 November 2007
RIJSWIJK – Secondary school students staged demonstrations throughout the country on Friday. Pupils left schools at about 11 am in various cities.
The students are protesting the heavy workload and requirement that they spend 1,040 hours in class per academic year. In some places the protests caused some unrest, with students throwing eggs and setting off fireworks. Rumour has it that an msn message sparked the country-wide demonstrations.
A group of 200 students from the Jan van Egmond Lyceum in Purmerend blocked traffic on the street and threw eggs at police. Police drove the group of youngsters back onto the school grounds.
Students from the Saenredam College in Zaandijk and the Zaandamse Compaan threw both eggs and fireworks.
Protesting students from the Norbertus College in Roosendaal went to the city office of the municipality and wreaked havoc in the main hall. Students overturned chairs and tables. Information folders were pulled from racks and spread around the room.
Several hundred students in Amsterdam gathered on the Museumplein just after noon. The students are standing near the US consulate and have stopped traffic nearby.
A number of people were arrested in Middelburg, where police are patrolling with truncheons.
The teachers' union AOb is not pleased with the disturbances in protest of the class timetables. The union does support the students' goal however.
A spokesperson says that the union can imagine that students are opposed to the "panic" with which schools are filling in timetables. Under pressure from state secretary Marja van Bijsterveldt the schools are trying to meet the minimum hour requirement for time spent in class.
"But we certainly don't support disturbances. That shouldn't happen," says the spokesperson.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news