While some nations seem to take the attitude that rules are meant to be broken, at times the Netherlands is going all out to be the best-behaved boy in the class.
One current example of over zealous law-abiding is the ban on Iranian students at Twente university, brought in because of fears that it might be breaking a UN security council resolution on passing on nuclear technology to Iran.
At last, a group of academics have launched a campaign against this discriminatory practise. They argue that the nuclear technology studied in the Netherlands has no added value to the Iranian nuclear programme and that all the information is available on internet.
It might say something about the quality of nuclear education in the Netherlands but at least they are honest.
Then take the fuss over free school books for secondary school pupils. The switch towards schools rather than parents buying in the books cannot take place next school year because of European rules on tendering, a time-wasting process that will eat up money which could be used to pay for books in the first place. And will there be any takers anyway?
There is something rather surreal about the idea of a high school in Zwolle contracting, say, a Czech company to supply its French to Dutch dictionaries.
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