|The International School Almere|
Everyone seems to understand this except maybe the austerity obsessed Government.
In the "budget cutting austerity mania", which presently has the Dutch Rutte Government in its grip, they decided to close down the thriving International School.of Almere.
The school presently has more than 200 pupils, aged 12 to 19, and a professional staff of 23.
The new euro 8 million Almere International School was inaugurated only two years ago replacing the old International school which had become too small
The reasons given by the Ministry of Education (OCW) for closing the school was that they did not meet the new Government license requirements to receive any further government subsidy (as most public schools in the Netherlands do). The new Government Educational license includes a variety of directives which have a direct affect on the budget, management and operations of Dutch schools.
|Student and parents occupy the International School Almere|
Some 88 angry pupils and their parents occupied the building of the Almere International School in protest of the closure and slept in the school premises Friday night.
The occupation ended a few hours ago after the occupiers were told by the school board that talks will be held with the Almere city council and government officials to try and find a solution.