Rotterdam plans more mixed primary schools

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22 November 2004AMSTERDAM — Rotterdam city council wants to create more mixed primary schools by selecting children based on their nationality. The aim is to stem the rise of "black schools" in which all the pupils come from immigrant communities.

22 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — Rotterdam city council wants to create more mixed primary schools by selecting children based on their nationality. The aim is to stem the rise of "black schools" in which all the pupils come from immigrant communities.

The plan was unveiled on Monday by the city's education alderman Leonard Geluk.

Geluk said that mixed schools — with both native Dutch and immigrant students — are better to assist in integrating the various national and religious communities into Dutch society.

The plan, said to be unique in the Netherlands, has yet to be approved by the national Education Council, NOS Nieuws reported.

If the measure is given the good ahead, schools will work with two student applicant lists: one for immigrant students and one for white, native Dutch children. Once a school reaches its quota on one list, it will only accept students from the other one.

Geluk also announced other plans to improve and develop ties between so-called white and black schools.

There are currently 60,000 children attending primary schools in Rotterdam, spread across 18 white and 22 black schools.

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Subject: Dutch news

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