"School students must stop rioting"

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26 November 2007, THE HAGUE – Schools students must stop rioting. State secretary for education Marja van Bijsterveldt feels she has given into students enough by relaxing the requirement for how many hours students must spend in class each year. On Sunday Van Bijsterveldt reached agreement with the secondary schools. Instead of 1,040 classroom hours per year, schools need only provide 1,000 classroom hours for all pupils. The remaining 40 hours can be filled outside of the classroom, and are not required

26 November 2007

THE HAGUE – Schools students must stop rioting. State secretary for education Marja van Bijsterveldt feels she has given into students enough by relaxing the requirement for how many hours students must spend in class each year.
 
On Sunday Van Bijsterveldt reached agreement with the secondary schools. Instead of 1,040 classroom hours per year, schools need only provide 1,000 classroom hours for all pupils. The remaining 40 hours can be filled outside of the classroom, and are not required for every student.

"I expect the pupils to behave themselves now. Kicking in cars and creating disturbances is not good behaviour," Van Bijsterveldt said on Monday at the presentation of the agreement with the secondary school council.

Earlier on Monday students threw eggs at the Parliament building protesting the hour requirement. The students are annoyed at the way in which schools are trying to fill time to meet the norm. They sometimes keep students on school grounds during cancelled classes for instance.

Van Bijsterveldt says that the agreement with the secondary school council will make it unnecessary for schools to bulk out their hours this way. "In view of the negative situation," the state secretary and secondary school council presented the agreement two days earlier than planned. It does not look as if it has appeased students however.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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