Final exams for Dutch primary schools

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Over 157,000 Dutch 11 to 12-year-olds are doing their final primary school exams Cito tests over the next few days. The results go towards deciding what sort of secondary school course they will follow.

Children at about 2,500 schools had to begin the exams late. They were doing the tests online, but there was a problem with logging on to the site. The results of the exams will be published during the week of 28 February.

Difficult questions Education Minister Marja van Bijsterveld paid a visit on Tuesday to a primary school in The Hague to see how some exam candidates were getting on. After a while, their questions became rather critical.

“Whether I think the cuts are nice? That’s a difficult one,” laughed Ms Van Bijsterveld. “It’s not at all nice. I’d rather have lots of money to give out as a minister, but you can only give a euro out once. At the moment, I’m afraid everyone is having to make sacrifices.”

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