School leavers spoiled for choice

Some 80% of this year’s havo and vwo school leavers intend to go on to further education but 30% of them have no clue what to study, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday.

Research carried out by MetrixLab shows that most pupils think there is ‘too much choice’ about what to do next, the paper says.
And even once a decision has been made, some 30% of university students switch subjects or drop out. At hbo colleges the situation is worse – some 50% of students graduate in a different subject to the one they started with.
The idea behind the introduction of a bachelor-masters system in the Netherlands was to create a broad first degree and to specialise later, Arjo Klamer, economics professor at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, told the paper. ‘But since the system was introduced, the number of courses has grown enormously’.
How do you choose between ‘law and management’ or ‘management studies and law’? the paper asks. And what is the difference between business economics, business management, business sciences, economics and business science, economics and business management and economics and management?

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