ANPEan empty classroom during the 2020 lockdown
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 11:59
In the second school year after corona, there are still concerns about the state of affairs in primary, secondary, vocational and higher education. For example, some of the pupils and students suffer from mental problems, according to a progress report that the government has sent to the House of Representatives.
The fifth report on the consequences of corona for education shows that there are “bright spots again”. Primary school pupils generally learn as quickly as before the pandemic, the number of students with study delays is falling and fewer students are dropping out. The number of students who pass their final exams is also almost back to its previous level.
In primary education, the difference between students with a lower or higher socio-economic background has become smaller. Corona had increased the inequality of opportunity between those two groups.
“But at the same time, concerns remain,” write the outgoing education ministers Dijkgraaf (higher education) and Paul (primary and secondary education). “The pandemic unfortunately has a major and long-lasting impact on the mental health of many students.”
And “we are certainly not there yet” in primary and secondary education either. In particular, students in the upper grades of primary schools and the lower grades of secondary schools are still performing less well than before corona.
The progress report has been drawn up in the context of the National Education Program, which should ensure that delays and mental problems caused by the corona are tackled. Primary and secondary schools can still receive money from that program next school year. The additional financial support for MBO and higher education will expire in 2024.