Wednesday 05 October 2022

Special schools struggling to keep up with soaring demand for places

Special schools struggling to keep up with soaring demand for places

Special schools in Amsterdam are experiencing a rush for places because mainstream schools lack the resources to help children with additional needs. Applications for transfers to special education increased by 20% last year, Joost van Cam, director of the Samenwerkingverband, the body that handles requests for places and funding, in Amsterdam and Diemen told Het Parool. ‘Usually we see a drip-feed of children over the course of the school year and at the end of the year it’s a bit... More >

Student debt doubles since grants ended

The amount of money owed to the government by Dutch students has doubled to €25.7 billion in the six years since student grants were abolished, national statistics office CBS said on Thursday. The average student now owes almost €16,000, a rise of €3,500 on 2015, the CBS said. However, among recent graduates who are now in their late 20s, the average debt is over €20,000. Some 1.6 million students have loans to pay back. The number of students owing more... More >

UvA wants to limit international students

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has said it wants to limit the number of international students in subjects such as politics and psychology from next year. The number of students at Dutch universities has doubled in the last 20 years from 170,000 to 340,000, leading to accommodation shortages and pressures on teaching staff. Foreign students have been one of the main drivers of growth, with their numbers almost trebling since 2015 from 6,500 to 18,000. University president Geert ten Dam... More >

More families ask for school cost help

Charities have seen an ‘explosive’ growth in the number of parents asking for help to buy items for children’s schooling and clothing, reports the Parool. Stichting Leergeld Amsterdam, which assists parents with a low disposable income with school-related costs, told the paper it has had thousands of requests including from parents on average incomes. ‘The numbers have gone up especially in recent months,’ Carolien de Jong, manager, reportedly said. ‘We are an extra, though, so only when people are not... More >

Delft fraternities sanctioned for abuse

Two student societies at TU Delft have been reprimanded for abusive practices, including setting a student on fire and shoving another student naked into broken glass. According to the AD, both Delftsch Studenten Corps (DSC) and Virgiel have been given an official warning by the Executive Board and DSC has been banned from the 2022 introduction week, currently ongoing, because of a previous sanction. All of the incidents are alleged to have occurred during the previous academic year. The Volkskrant... More >