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what do the parties want with education?

On March 17 the time has come: the House of Representatives elections. Due to the exceptional times in which we currently find ourselves, tensions around these elections seem to be mounting extra high. The focus is on the corona approach, but a lot of attention is also paid to education in the election programs. Can’t see the wood for the trees? Today we list (alphabetically) what the largest political parties have in store for education.

These are the most important points about education in the election programs of the Dutch political parties.

For your information: Article 23 of the Constitution is about freedom of education. This article states that we have two types of education in the Netherlands: public and special. Public education is accessible to everyone, and special education is founded on the basis of a certain ideology or (religious) conviction. This article was recently in the news because some schools invoke this article when discrimination based on origin, religion or sexuality takes place.

50PLUS

  • The basic grant returns
  • The position and remuneration of teachers in primary and secondary education will be strengthened
  • Education is provided in Dutch
  • Vocational education will focus more on adults
  • Secondary general adult education is immediately and free of charge available to people who are entitled to unemployment benefits

CDA

  • The loan system will be replaced by a new basic grant
  • Article 23 remains
  • In the first year of teacher training, tuition fees are halved
  • Teachers are given fewer administrative tasks and more time for lesson development
  • Teachers in special education or in schools with many learning disadvantages receive an allowance on top of their salary

Christian Union

  • The loan system will be abolished and the basic grant will return; students living away from home receive 550 euros per month
  • Article 23 remains
  • The workload is tackled and the teacher shortage is counteracted by better career prospects
  • Teachers will have more say in the use of resources for appropriate education and there will be better supervision of appropriate education
  • The attainment targets and the curriculum in primary and secondary education will be improved; a new committee advises on this every five years

D66

  • There will be a new scholarship and students will receive a redeemable tax credit in lieu of benefits
  • Article 23 will be amended and schools will have an acceptance obligation
  • Teachers will have fewer rules, smaller classes, fewer hours of lessons and more room for development
  • The pay gap between primary and secondary education will be closed and there will be a single collective labor agreement for all basic education, and teachers who work in schools with many learning disadvantages will receive a higher salary
  • The binding study advice is limited to 40 credits

THINK

  • The basic grant will be reintroduced and (former) students will be compensated
  • Article 23 remains, ending the ‘smear against Islamic schools’
  • Teachers get better pay, starting with elementary school teachers
  • There will be a broad transition class, which means that the selection moment will be postponed, and under-advice of students with a migration background will be counteracted
  • Extra money will go to suitable and special education

Forum for Democracy

  • The basic grant will be reintroduced and (former) students will be compensated
  • Article 23 will remain, but stricter guarantees of quality, especially in Islamic education
  • Higher salaries, smaller classes, less paperwork and more autonomy for teachers, who prefer to work full time
  • Stricter admission requirements for students
  • Appropriate education is limited and more is invested in special education

GroenLinks

  • From the age of eighteen, all young people are entitled to a starting capital of 10,000 euros, and students from families with an income of up to 100,000 euros per year receive a scholarship of up to 400 euros per month.
  • Article 23 will be amended and schools will have an acceptance obligation
  • The workload for teachers is reduced by smaller classes and more support in the classroom
  • The pay gap will be closed: teachers in primary education will earn as much as teachers in secondary education, salary differences between general and special education will disappear and teachers who work in schools with many vulnerable children will receive a higher salary
  • After primary school there will be a multi-year broad seventh class

Labor Party

  • The basic grant is reintroduced in conjunction with a more progressive tax system and a supplementary grant for students from middle-income families
  • Article 23 will be amended and schools will have an acceptance obligation
  • The pay gap is closed: teachers in primary and special education will earn as much as teachers in secondary education
  • Teachers are given more time for development and smaller classes
  • All children should be able to receive additional education, homework or study skills coaching through school, and schools will receive additional resources for this

Animal party

  • The basic grant returns, tuition fees fall sharply, and ‘loan system students’ are generously compensated
  • Article 23 is amended
  • Teachers’ salaries will be increased, the pay gap will be closed and the number of teaching hours will be reduced to a maximum of 20 hours per week, so that teachers have more time to organize education
  • More is being invested in appropriate education
  • Pupils will have more say in the curriculum and the hour standards will be canceled, so that schools themselves can adjust the amount of hours to the exam requirements

PVV

  • The basic grant is being reintroduced
  • Article 23 will remain, but Islamic education will be abolished
  • Investments are being made in continuous learning pathways from VMBO to MBO and ultimately HBO
  • Teachers must be politically neutral
  • Investments are made in appropriate education

SGP

  • The basic grant is returning and children of parents with middle incomes are entitled to a supplementary grant
  • Article 23 will remain in place, but stricter action will be taken against ‘jihadist education’
  • The pay gap between primary and secondary education is being closed
  • Teachers and parents will have more influence in appropriate education
  • Teacher training students can specialize more in younger or older students

SP

  • All students will receive a study grant, young people from families with a lower income will also receive a supplementary grant, and a compensation scheme will be introduced for (former) students who fall under the loan system
  • Article 23 will be amended, schools will have an acceptance obligation and every school will give lessons about fundamental rights
  • Teachers receive a higher salary and the pay gap between primary and secondary special education versus secondary education is closed
  • More gym lessons at school and swimming lessons for everyone
  • New schools for special education will be created and it will be easier to start special education in mainstream schools

VVD

  • The social loan system will remain, but students from lower-income families can receive a supplementary grant
  • Article 23 will be modernized: an amendment to the constitution must ensure that Article 23 must not undermine the principle of equality (Article 1), and there will be an acceptance obligation in special schools
  • Higher requirements for basic skills in schools (reading, writing, language and arithmetic), and technology, digitization and citizenship are added to the curriculum
  • Excellent teachers receive a higher salary
  • Excellent schools receive extra money to organize activities, poorly performing schools must first get the basics in order

Are you not sure yet which party you want to vote for in the House of Representatives elections? Then you can also fill in the Education Choice Compass via this link.

By: National Education Guide
Sources: election programs political parties, Dutch Constitution

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