Turkish pupils do better out of Netherlands

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More second-generation Turkish children in the Netherlands drop out of school early as compared to their counterparts in Switzerland, Belgium and Sweden.

THE NETHERLANDS – A new study shows second generation Turkish children do better in other European countries than in the Netherlands, reports De Volkskrant.

One third of Turkish children in the Netherlands and Germany drop out of school early as compared to less than 10 percent in Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium.

According to the study of seven European countries on second generation integration, the Dutch education system is to blame for Turkish pupils leaving school early with very low qualifications.

In other countries such as France, children follow the same education until the age of 15.

However, children in the Netherlands are streamed into different education paths at the age of 12, making it a disadvantage to second-generation children whose lower-than- average language abilities mean they often excel at a later age.

Another reason cited by the paper was the age where children are allowed to leave school after receiving their basic education. At 16, students receive a diploma and many do not continue with their studies.

"Sixteen is a risky age for dropping out of school. Pupils are right in the middle of puberty," said researcher Maurice Krul.

Education plays an important role in integration as it determines success on the job market, reports the paper.

The study was commissioned by the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies in Amsterdam.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

3 Comments To This Article

  • Julio posted:

    on 12th May 2009, 16:33:24 - Reply

    Why should the Dutch be obligated to change anything about their society to cater for a bunch of unwanted and largely hostile immigrants?
  • R L Tanizaki posted:

    on 12th May 2009, 13:27:08 - Reply

    Fat chance, Voodoo Doll, that the Dutch will change. They are never wrong, and they never apologize.
  • Voodoo Doll posted:

    on 12th May 2009, 08:12:25 - Reply

    This is hardly a surprise to me and should not be a surprise to anyone living in The Netherlands.
    When is The Netherlands role of prejudice against this group of people and its consequences going to be held accountable and DO something about it? When we hurt innocent children, our society is seriously flawed.

    "There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society, with a large segment of people in that society, who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that they have nothing to lose. People who have a stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it." _ Dr. Martin Luther King