A primary school in Utrecht was within its rights to send away a pupil suffering from Down’s Syndrome, the Dutch human rights commission said on Tuesday.
The parents of the 13-year-old boy, named as Kubo, took his case to the commission after the school said he had to leave because he had become disruptive.
The boys parents argued their son, who was being taught in group 6 alongside 10-year-olds, had the right to lessons at a normal primary school.
However, the school said Kubo had begun to show ‘undesirable behaviour’ by walking away, shouting and refusing to cooperate. It argued it could no longer offer the boy the education he needs.
The commission ruled the school had discriminated against the boy on the basis of handicap or chronic illness. Rather, the school had provided intensive leadership for eight years and the school could be asked to do no more, the court said in its ruling.
The school organisation has welcomed the decision, broadcaster RTL said. Kubo is currently being educated at home because no other school in the neighbourhood is willing to take him on, news agency ANP said.
Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl
The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.
DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.