Secondary schools safer

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26 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Secondary schools for vocational training have become safer over the past few years. Students and staff are less frequently confronted with violence and have also begun to feel safer.

26 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – Secondary schools for vocational training have become safer over the past few years. Students and staff are less frequently confronted with violence and have also begun to feel safer.

This emerged from the safety monitor in the vocational education sector which is held every two years and which was published on Monday. Only the number of students who report they were the victim of physical or emotional violence increased slightly between 2004 and 2006, while the number of actual incidents reported in this group remained constant, since it was often the same students who report they were harassed on numerous occasions, for instance.

The researchers that drew up the report for the MBO Raad (the council for Dutch vocational education and training and adult education) saw a downward trend in violence in the three studies since 2002.

Both students and staff said they were less frequently the victims of theft and vandalism, and fewer incidents of these crimes were reported.

When it comes to violence, ranging from threats and sexual intimidation to physical violence, teachers and support staff also reported a decline, but little such decline was noticed among students.

The researchers asked the 8,500 workers at Regional Training Centres (ROCs) and 24,000 students how safe they felt. The large majority at schools feel safe both in the classroom and outside the school.

It was announced earlier already that fewer students carry weapons. Last year the percentage of those carrying weapons was 2.5 percent, compared to 7 percent in 2002.

Most of those who carry a weapon do so to feel safer getting to and from school. Half of them carry a knife of other weapon to school often or even daily, the rest only from time to time.

The chairman of the MBO Raad said the decline in the figures was due to the stricter security policy that the vocational education sector had put in place after a shooting in the ROC De Leijgraaf in Veghel in 1999, in which five people were wounded.

Several stabbing incidents took place at Regional Training Centres and other schools in Oss, Rotterdam and Amsterdam last week.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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