Dutch kids lack basic geography

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Half of all schoolchildren in the last grade of primary school have no idea where to find the city of Utrecht - one of the Netherlands four major cities – on a map.

Most of the children were unable to answer correctly more than one-third of the geography questions they were asked as part of the annual placement exams that help primary schools determine which type of secondary school a child should go to.

These figures are part of a statistical analysis of the results of the 2008 exams. The analysis was carried out by Cito, the organisation responsible for holding the placement exams.

Most children are seriously lacking in basic knowledge of geography, map reading and history. Compared to 2001, when the previous statistical analysis was conducted, geography knowledge among school children has even decreased.



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