Students and parents demonstrate for quality of education
WILLEMSTAD – A group of protesters was not allowed to enter the Fort Amsterdam square yesterday. They were there to speak with the Minister of Education, Irene Dick. Since they were not allowed to enter, they tried to get the Minister’s attention by using a megaphone.
Parents and students are angry about the solo action of Dick, who single-handedly decided not to go along with the stringent testing requirements applied by the Netherlands.
Students who do their exams cannot may only fail in one of the core subjects Dutch, English and Mathematics. Their grade cannot be lower than five. The Minister of Education finds this too strict and ignores this examination requirement.
According to a report from Anneke Polak from the Dutch Caribbean Network, the Council of Ministers will meet about this decision today. “Even though it’s a small group of protesters, they will be heard,” says Polak in her report.
“We cannot go any lower than this,”says a Spanish and Papiamento teacher, who has been working for thirty years in education. “There has been a decline in our education for the last ten years now. If the students would take an exam of ten years ago, they would not pass.”