Cities seek powers to block poor schools

29th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The four large cities are seeking to expand their powers in order to prevent poorly performing schools from expanding.

THE NETHERLANDS - The news comes after an Islamic school announced its intention to open a new school in Utrecht.

The Schools Inspectorate has rated the school's existing branches in Almere, Lelystad and Hilversum as "poor" to "very poor".

Utrecht's Education Councilor Rinda den Besten wants to block the new school but lacks the authority to do so.

The education councillors of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague are also seeking expanded powers. In addition to Islamic schools, antroposophic and rural schools often perform poorly.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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