One third of schools don’t reflect locality

One third of primary schools in the bigger urban areas do not reflect the population of their locality, according to a report drawn up for the education ministry.

The report looked at 2045 schools in 38 local authority areas. In total, the Netherlands has some 7,000 primary schools.
It shows that primary schools are much more sharply divided along racial lines than the make up of the local population would suggest.
This means nearly 200,000 children are going to school without mixing with other nationalities and religions, a fact the researchers describe as ‘shocking’.
Lelystad, Leiden and Almelo have the worst record in terms of segregated primary schools.
The education ministry has set aside €540,000 for a three year project to try to reduce the number of black and white schools in the Netherlands.

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