Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Large Nursery Classes

The new year is a time when some nursery children attend school for the first time as "kleuters". The budget has risen from 5 to 15 million Euros but still some schools see unacceptably large class sizes. The aim is to split classes of 26 children or more but this is not always possible. An added burden for the teacher is that many of these children will still be wearing nappies so much of her time is taken up in accompanying children to the lavatory.

The rule used to be that eleven extra children gave more budget for extra teaching hours. That has been reduced to two new children and there are enough teachers looking for jobs. As usual it is just a question of funding.

The problem is always greatest in the spring term as some kleuters only attend during the colder months then stay at home from Easter onwards until they reach obligatory school attendance age.

Article in Het Belang van Limburg

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