Friday 18 October 2019

Teachers threaten another national strike

Teaching unions have given the government an ultimatum to raise salaries otherwise they will organise another national strike on November 6. Earlier this year they called for €423.5m extra for funding in 2020, more than half of this for the beleaguered primary sector. Last week, reports broadcaster NOS, prime minister Mark Rutte said he was ready to pledge more money to combat a desperate teacher shortage but did not give an amount. Unions have said that classes are being sent... More >

First school to close for lack of teachers

An Amsterdam primary school is closing its doors because of the teacher shortage, the Parool reports. The Montessori school in the south east of the city has 111 pupils but instead of the legal requirement of five teachers, it only has two. This means the school will close on January 1 next year. School administrator Hubert de Waard told the paper the quality of education could no longer be guaranteed despite efforts to hire temporary staff. In July the school... More >

Ending grants has not hit student numbers

Scrapping student grants in 2015 has not had an impact on the number of Dutch teenagers signing up for college and university, according to education ministry research. The number of new students has remained virtually unchanged, education minister Ingrid van Engelshoven told MPs on Friday. This, the minister said, was a ‘positive sign’ that equal access to education is being maintained, broadcaster NOS reported. Earlier this month, the Dutch Labour party did a u-turn and is now calling for the... More >