Monday 02 August 2021

Childcare workers go on strike

Thursday’s national childcare workers strike for better working conditions is affecting 538 childcare locations in the Netherlands, the FNV trade union federation has said. The strike comes in the wake of last week’s regional actions in Noord-Holland and Almere which involved some 132 locations. ‘We want people to know that this is what people who work in child care feel. We don’t need to close down all locations to achieve that,’ an FNV spokesman told broadcaster NOS. The union said... More >

Secondary schools to reopen from May 31

Secondary schools can open fully from May 31 and pupils will no longer have to social distance from each other, education minister Arie Slob said on Saturday, following consultation with government healthcare experts. Face masks, however, will remain compulsory in school buildings apart from during actual lessons. Not all schools will open a week on Monday because some need more time prepare but from June 7, all schools must be up to speed, Slob said. ‘We want pupils to have... More >

Students not hit hard by grant abolition

The number of students starting a bachelor’s degree has not gone down since the abolition of student grants in the Netherlands in 2015, but fewer students are signing up for a master’s degree straight away, new research shows. National statistics agency CBS tracked the behaviour of several hundred thousand students from 2014, the year before grants were abolished. That year, 85% of graduates started on a master’s degree immediately after completing a bachelor, but by 2018, that had gone down... More >

Parents mistrust free childcare: survey

Just over half of parents are in favour of free daycare for children, a survey by parents’ organisations Ouders& Onderwijs and the Stichting Voor Werkende Ouders has shown. Only 52% of the 46,653 respondents said they would support four days of free child care. Some 43% did not like for the idea at all while 5% had no opinion on the subject. ‘This outcome surprised us as well,’ Marjet Winsemius, director of Ouders& Onderwijs, told the AD. ‘We asked parents... More >