Labour (PvdA) and Socialist MPs want the schools inspectorate to investigate why so many primary school children from ethnic minority backgrounds are sent to less academic secondary schools than their white peers, despite getting the same marks in school tests.
Research by Amsterdam city council shows that over 40% of children with a Turkish or Moroccan background were recommended for schools below their intellectual capacity. Some 28% of native Dutch kids were sent to the wrong type of secondary school.
The sort of secondary school a child is sent to is based on a combination of the teacher’s recommendations and, usually, the result of the so-called Cito test.
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