Schools to fight teach hours fines

Secondary school organisation VO Raad says it will do everything possible to get fines imposed on 16 schools for not providing enough lessons cancelled.

The fines are too soon, too arbitrary and too one-sided, its chairman Sjoerd Slagter told Monday’s Volkskrant.
Junior education minister Marja van Bijsterveldt is fining 16 schools between €2,000 and €244,000 in back-dated fines for not reaching the compulsory number of teaching hours.
Children in the first three years of secondary school are supposed to have 1040 hours of lessons a year, those in the upper school 1,000.
In November, thousands of school children took part in demonstrations against the official standards, saying too much time was being wasted on fake lessons to make up the hours.

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