UNEVENLY DISTRIBUTED TEACHER SHORTAGE PUTTING EDUCATION AT RISK: INSPECTORATE

nltimes | April 10, 2019

An unevenly distributed teacher shortage is putting the future of Dutch education at risk, the Education Inspectorate said in its annual State of Education report. The quality of education is still on par on average, but to maintain that level, "hard choices" will have to be made, the Inspectorate said, NU.nl reports.According to the Inspectorate, the "cracks" in Dutch education can be seen in the declining performance of pupils, unequal opportunities, and socio-economic segregation. These cracks threaten to deepen "partly due to pressure from an uneven teacher shortage", the Inspectorate said. Schools with a "complex pupil population" are more affected by the teacher shortage in primary education. The Randstad has the most open vacancies, and "the shortages are higher at schools with a larger share of pupils with a non-Western migration background, whether they are in an urban or less urban area", the Inspectorate said. The inequality of opportunities is an "undesirable development". The Inspectorate noted that in schools where "continuity and good quality of education are most necessary, these conditions are the most difficult to achieve".

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