Some 86% of primary school teachers are up to the job but one in three teachers at pre-college secondary schools (havo) are failing, according to a report by the schools inspectorate due to be presented to education minister Marja van Bijsterveldt next week.
The report, which is in the hands of Nos television news, says inspectors sat in on lessons taught by 2,500 primary and secondary teachers to reach their conclusions.
It also showed one in four vocational training teachers (vmbo) were poor as were one in five teachers at pre-university streams (vwo).
VVD MP Ton Elias says he hopes the results will encourage the government to do more to improve teaching standards. ‘We are going to make more demands, improve quality and make teacher training more difficult,’ he said.
Teachers are currently taking industrial action against the government’s plans to increase compulsory teaching hours in secondary schools from 1,000 to 1,040 a year.
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