Van Bijsterveldt calls for action against pupils

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27 November 2007, AMSTERDAM – Aldermen should sent school attendance enforcement officials to schools where many pupils are on strike. These schools should be fined if the students continue to fail to attend class.

27 November 2007

AMSTERDAM – Aldermen should sent school attendance enforcement officials to schools where many pupils are on strike. These schools should be fined if the students continue to fail to attend class.

State secretary for education Marja van Bijsterveldt (CDA) said this Monday evening on the television programme Pauw and Witteman.

The state secretary said it was "scandalous" that some teachers were encouraging the youth to demonstrate. They should be actively trying to keep the students in school. Parents also have a responsibility to urge their children not to leave school in order to demonstrate.

School students took to the streets again on Monday. Protest actions in various cities resulted in a great deal of damage to property.

Demonstrations took place in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leiden, Eindhoven and Enschede. Eggs, drinks containers and fireworks were thrown.

Two police officers were injured in Amsterdam. In Goes six youths were arrested for damaging property. Two of them had drawn swastikas on the city hall wall with chalk.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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