Secondary schools given ultimatum
13 February 2007, AMSTERDAM - Schools that do not provide enough classroom hours will be given until the end of this school year to make amends. If they fail to do so, sanctions will follow.
13 February 2007
AMSTERDAM - Schools that do not provide enough classroom hours will be given until the end of this school year to make amends. If they fail to do so, sanctions will follow.
Minister for Education Maria van der Hoeven and State Secretary Bruno Bruins said this on Monday.
The minister and state secretary are very concerned about the number of classroom hours being taught in secondary schools and in technical and vocational training programmes for 16 to 18-year olds. This inadequacy is compromising the quality of education at these schools.
The education inspectorate recently visited 25 secondary schools. Of the 25, 14 did not have a satisfactory school timetable. Four schools could not demonstrate whether they provided the minimum number of classroom hours. Earlier visits proved to have led to little improvement, if any.
The secondary school council (VO council) says that its own research shows that schools did in fact teach more classroom hours this year. Nonetheless 35 percent of schools will not meet the legal standard next year, the council conceded. The VO council blames Van der Hoeven for not putting enough money into increasing classroom time.
This spring the inspectorate will once again investigate what improvements in classroom time have been made at secondary schools and vocational training programmes. If schools are still failing to meet the standards then the ministry may reduce their subsidies, demand funds be repaid, or revoke their education license.
The VO Council says that the students will be the only ones to suffer from these measures.
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