Turkish students do better outside Holland

Second-generation Turkish school pupils perform much better in Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden and France than they do in the Netherlands and Germany, the Volkskrant reports on Monday.

One-third of second-generation Turkish immigrants in the Netherlands leave school early, compared with fewer than 10% in Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium, the paper says quoting European research.
The Volkskrant says the Dutch education system is disadvantageous for two reasons. Firstly, children are selected for secondary education at the age of 12 which is too early for pupils who do not have Dutch as a first language. And secondly, the Dutch system allows children to leave school at 16 with just a basic certificate.

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