Serious problems in education

15th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 May 2007, THE HAGUE – Education in the Netherlands is facing serious and persistent problems.

15 May 2007

THE HAGUE – Education in the Netherlands is facing serious and persistent problems.

Many students are not learning to read, write or do arithmetic adequately; more than half of schools offering special education have been put under extra supervision; and still far too many young people are dropping out without a diploma or prospects on the labour market.

This is contained in the annual report from the education inspectorate which was presented on Tuesday

Plasterk said he was not satisfied with the mark of "very satisfactory" which the inspectorate gave education as a whole.

"If the Netherlands wants to be a knowledge-based economy, satisfactory is not good enough."

The minister says it is unacceptable that 1.5 percent of schools in the Netherlands are still extremely weak. The cabinet is working on measures to allow earlier intervention if school administrations are not functioning properly.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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