Student action to go ahead Friday

29th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 November 2007, THE HAGUE – The National Action Committee for School Students (LAKS) will most likely go ahead with a demonstration on the Museumplein in Amsterdam on Friday. Chairman of the committee Sywert van Lienden said this on Thursday.

29 November 2007

THE HAGUE – The National Action Committee for School Students (LAKS) will most likely go ahead with a demonstration on the Museumplein in Amsterdam on Friday. Chairman of the committee Sywert van Lienden said this on Thursday.

Van Lienden was responding to the outcome of the emergency debate in Parliament with state secretary for education Marja van Bijsterveldt on the minimum classroom hour requirement. LAKS is demanding that the hour requirement be lowered from 1,040.

In the debate Van Bijsterveldt refused to further give in to the students' demands. In an agreement reached with the secondary school council last weekend she had already relaxed the minimum by conceding that 40 of those hours need not be mandatory for all students.

Van Lienden will participate in talks at the education ministry on Thursday. Depending on the outcome, the committee will take a definitive decision on whether to go ahead with the demonstration on Friday.

A demonstration on the Museumplein got out of hand on Monday. The city of Amsterdam would rather not that further protests be held.

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