Taida Pasic may sit final exams in Bosnia

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22 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Kosovo schoolgirl Taida Pasic, who must leave the Netherlands by 28 March, may complete the final portion of her written exams in Sarajevo, it was reported on Wednesday.

22 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — Kosovo schoolgirl Taida Pasic, who must leave the Netherlands by 28 March, may complete the final portion of her written exams in Sarajevo, it was reported on Wednesday.

Newspaper 'Nederlands Dagblad' said the Dutch Ministry of Education has agreed to Pasic, 18, sitting the VWO (pre-university level) exam in the Dutch embassy in the Bosnian capital. Pasic's parents live in the city.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will provide a room at the embassy and personnel to monitor the exam. "If all the other preconditions are met, this should not be a problem," ministry spokesperson Tessa Martens told the newspaper.

Pasic is to finish other school exams in 'De Driemark' school in the Dutch town of Winterswijk this week. The other pupils in her class are to sit the exams in April, but they were brought forward in Pasic's case as she must leave the country by 28 March.

The schoolgirl's lawyer is still challenging the controversial decision taken by Immigration Minister Rota Verdonk that Pasic must leave. If a judge rules in favour of Pasic, she could in principle sit her final exam in the Netherlands.

Section head Ed de Graaf at 'De Driemark' school said Pasic had achieved excellent results in the tests so far. She has four or five exams left this week.

Verdonk ruled at the beginning of March that Pasic must leave the country voluntarily or face deportation.

Earlier this year Verdonk's spokesperson publicly branded Pasic a fraud for returning to the Netherlands on a tourist visa after accepting EUR 7,000 to continue her schooling in Kosovo. Pasic's family lived as refugees in the Netherlands until they agreed to repatriation.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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