Thursday 24 October 2019

Teachers' strike to go ahead on November 6 after union deadline expires

Teachers' strike to go ahead on November 6 after union deadline expires

A national teachers’ strike will go ahead next month after unions said their demands for extra funding for the sector had not been met. Union leaders gave the government until October 21 to respond to their request for a €423.5 financial package in 2020, half of which would go to primary schools. Teachers have been campaigning for the wage gap between primary and secondary schools to be closed and their workload to be reduced. The nationwide strike will go ahead... More >

Islamic school faces funding stop

Education minister Arie Slob has given Amsterdam’s only Islamic secondary school two days to appoint an acceptable interim director or have its funding halted in December. The Cornelius Haga Lyceum was due to hand over control to an interim chief before Tuesday but said its candidate, who was acceptable to school inspectors, could not be formally installed because he is not Muslim. The school’s statutes will have to be amended to make his appointment possible and that may take several... More >

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 >