Schools struggle with demonstration

30th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 November 2007, AMSTERDAM – Secondary schools are wrestling with the student demonstration against the classroom hour requirement planned for Friday at the Museumplein in Amsterdam, the Volkskrant reports.

30 November 2007

AMSTERDAM – Secondary schools are wrestling with the student demonstration against the classroom hour requirement planned for Friday at the Museumplein in Amsterdam, the Volkskrant reports.

Some school directors are emphatically prohibiting their students from participating in the protest.  Other schools are allowing a small delegation of "active students" to travel to Amsterdam by bus. And yet other schools are only allowing children to attend the demonstration if they have a note from their parents releasing the school from responsibility for the students.

Director Henk van Ommen of the Arentheem College in Arnhem is allowing a delegation of 25 students from the student council go to Amsterdam. All classes will discuss the minimum hour requirement during the third period today. Students who go to Amsterdam of their own accord will be noted as truant. Anyone who misses a test as a result will be given a failing mark.

At school district Piter Jelles in Friesland the schools are trying "not to encourage" the pupils to demonstrate. Anyone who attends the protest will be noted down, but not punished. The Atlas College in Hoorn is not being so flexible: director Ben Steenweg is forbidding students to take part. Absent students will be reported to the mandatory attendance enforcement officials. Steenweg: ‘We cannot bear responsibility for what happens outside the school."

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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