Teachers to get cash and time off for training to boost standards

Teachers are to get government cash to pay for retraining as part of a €1.2bn package of measures to improve Dutch school standards.

Primary school teachers will get a contribution of €500 a year and secondary school teachers €600, education minister Jet Busssemaker told MPs in a briefing on Thursday. They will also be allowed time off to follow courses aimed at improving their skills.

The cabinet hopes that by 2020 up to 50% of secondary school teachers will have a master’s degree. Currently around 37% do so.

The cabinet has also agreed to spend more money on reducing the pressure on teachers by employing an extra 1,200 classroom assistants and school concierges.

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