Schools get extra cash for top talents

The education ministry has allocated €5m for projects to stimulate the development of very clever children at primary and schools.

In total, 28 projects have been selected for the project, news agency ANP reported. Around one-third of highly intelligent children are not stimulated sufficiently at school, ANP said.
Meanwhile, the Volkskrant reports that giving children who do not speak Dutch as a first language a year of intensive language training boosts their education levels considerably.
The research focused on a group of 118 primary school pupils – of whom only 3% were considered clever enough to go to college or university. But after a year of extra language lessons in small groups, 70% scored the right grades to go on to higher education, the paper said.

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