Scrap tuition fees for trainee teachers, says D66

5th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

5 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — Junior coalition party D66 said on Monday that students in teacher training courses should not have to pay tuition fees.

5 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — Junior coalition party D66 said on Monday that students in teacher training courses should not have to pay tuition fees.

This is one of the five measures the smallest member of the three-party centre-right coalition will propose during the upcoming debate on the 2006 Budget.

Confirming a report about the plan in newspaper 'De Volkskrant', D66 leader Boris Dittrich said it is important to retain people who graduate from teacher training but can't find a job at the moment.

A serious teacher shortage is expected to manifest itself in the Netherlands from 2007 when thousands of experienced teachers will have retired.

School leavers and mature students have been encouraged to enter teacher training programmes in the last few years. Many graduates of the programmes have difficulty  finding teaching jobs, causing them to look elsewhere for employment.

Dittrich said one way to keep the graduates within the education system would be to set up paid work placement schemes.

He called for pay rises and more career possibilities for teachers. Dittrich said there were too many "managers and bureaucrats", particularly in the secondary vocational education (MBO) system.

The D66 leader said the quality of training for primary school teachers (PABO) had to be improved.

Acknowledging the  proposals would cost "extra money", Dittrich said the additional funds the Cabinet has already earmarked for education would largely cover the cost.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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