Monday 27 January 2020

Slob 'wrong' to sack Islamic school board

Education minister Arie Slob went beyond his remit in demanding the resignation of the board of Amsterdam’s only Islamic secondary school, a court has ruled. Slob violated the constitutional freedom of education when he threatened to stop funding for the Cornelius Haga Lyceum if it failed to comply with its demand, the district court in Amsterdam ruled on Monday. The minister intends to appeal against the decision. The ruling is a blow for Slob’s pledge to tackle alleged financial mismanagement... More >

University staff campaign against overtime

A number of campaigning academics are reporting their universities and colleges to government inspectors for failing to crack down on structural unpaid overtime. Some 720 university workers took part in a research project at the end of last year to log their overtime and found they are working an average of 12 to 15 hours a week without getting paid for it, the Financieele Dagblad reported. Campaign group WO in Actie, together with the FNV and AOB trade unions will... More >

More children are home with no school

Some 4,500 children in the Netherlands who should be going to school are waiting at home because of a lack of suitable places, the Telegraaf said on Thursday. This is despite a pledge in 2016 to make sure all children, including those with special educational needs, in the Netherlands had suitable schooling, the paper said. In that pact, signed by ministers, local authorities, parents organisations and school groups, it was agreed that no child should be home without a school... More >

Attempted arson attack on Islamic school

Amsterdam’s Islamic secondary school, the Cornelis Haga Lyceum, was the target of an attempted arson attack the night before pupils returned after the holidays, according to school leaders. Director Soner Atasoy told NRC that vandals appeared to have thrown a brick through a classroom window and poured flammable liquid over the teacher’s chair. A canister of accelerant fluid was found in the playground. The school has been the focus of controversy last year over its teaching methods, with education minister... More >

Maastricht University 'paid off hackers'

The University of Maastricht paid ‘several hundred thousand euros’ to hackers who broke into the computer system shortly before the Christmas break, according to university news website Observant. After making the payment the hackers gave university cyber experts the key to get back access to the system, sources told the magazine. The university itself has not commented on the claims. The university was hit on December 24 and the hack resulted in the email and Windows systems being frozen. Cyber... More >

Four-day school week in 'real possibility'

Primary schools in Amsterdam are considering a four-day week to head off the shortage of teachers, although it is unclear as yet as to whether school inspectors would agree, Trouw reported on Monday. The children would still spend the fifth day in school but it is not yet clear what activities they would be offered. ‘A four-day week is a real possibility,’ Lieke Thesingh of the primary school board association BBO told the paper. ‘The big advantage is that teachers’... More >