Liberals furious over ‘left-wing’ exam

MPs from the right-wing Liberal party are furious about section in a national school exam which used text from the VVD’s website and asked politically-charged questions.

Question 21 of yesterday’s pre-college level Dutch exam stated that the text, about not smothering the jobless with social security benefits, was negative and condescending towards people claiming benefit. None of the six optional answers gave pupils the chance to disagree.
‘Political preferences popping up in exams, whoever comes up with such a thing?, VVD MP Ineke Dezentj√© said in Tuesday’s Telegraaf. ‘This is the school as the museum for left-wing ideas from the 1970s.’
Meanwhile, the school pupils’ union Laks said it had had over 7,400 complaints about yesterday’s exams. Most refered to the pre-university leve Dutch test which included 19 questions requiring written answers. Last year’s exam was mainly multiple choice with only seven open-ended questions.

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