Published On: Mon, Jan 14th, 2013

Education collaboration protocol with the Netherlands

WILLEMSTAD – The Ministry of Education will sign a collaboration protocol with the Dutch Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in February, according to a recent announcement from Minister of Education, Rubina Bitorina (PS). The collaboration protocol regulates the recognition of the Curaçao diplomas in the Netherlands. The two countries will make new agreements because the Netherlands made the requirements for final exams more stringent last school year. Under the regime of former minister of Education, Carlos Monk (PS), it was decided to postpone the introduction of aforementioned requirements for final exams. According to Bitorina, the ministry is now to decide if it will adopt the Dutch requirements. The majority of the Curaçao students choose to continue their study in the Netherlands. The ministry will sign the collaboration protocol to assure their diplomas are accepted in the Netherlands. The examination period starts in May.

Last year the Ministry of Education announced that the flunk and pass regulation applicable for the secondary education on Curaçao will be adjusted in phases. For vsbo and havo the more stringent requirements for exams will be introduced in the school year 2013-2104 and for vwo in the school year 2014-2015. The average of the marks at the central written exams must be a 5.5 of higher.

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