Schools facing influx of Poles

24th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 September 2007, AMSTERDAM – Small primary schools in the municipality of Maasdriel (Gelderland) are facing difficulties because of a large influx of Polish children.

24 September 2007

AMSTERDAM – Small primary schools in the municipality of Maasdriel (Gelderland) are facing difficulties because of a large influx of Polish children.

212 Poles are registered among the population of 24,000, the Volkskrant reports on Monday. Alderman for education Gijsbert Smit says that 25 Polish children are currently enrolled at schools in Maasdriel. 

The Eastern European children need special education, Smit says, and that costs money. Last year the municipality gave a one-off subsidy, but the municipal executive no longer wants to foot the bill.

The school administrations, and ultimately the ministry of Education, are responsible, says Smit. The alderman says that the ministry's financing regulations are too complicated and equipped to accommodate the extra educational tasks that the influx of Polish children brings with it.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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