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Part III Prospects

The future

Ongoing debates and reforms

Points of departure for the education policy of the present government are the strengthening of the knowledge infrastructure in The Netherlands, social cohesion through participation in social and economic relationships and avoidance and reduction of ‘achterstand’.

The demand for pluriformity in education is increasing because people become more individualistic and society multicultural. In addition, parents, pupils and students wish to increase their influence on the content and quality of education.

In this context the following issues are under debate:

References:

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CBS /Samson 1998 Jaarboek onderwijs 1998. Feiten en cijfers bijeengebracht door het CBS. Samson H.D. Tjeenk Willink bv, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek.
Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek 1990 Zakboek onderwijsstatistieken 1990. Onderwijs cijfergewijs. ‘s-Gravenhage, CBS.
Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek 1993 Zakboek onderwijsstatistieken 1992. Onderwijs cijfergewijs. ‘s-Gravenhage, CBS.
Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek 1995 Zakboek onderwijsstatistieken 1994/95. Onderwijs cijfergewijs. ‘s-Gravenhage, CBS.
Inspectie van het Onderwijs 1999 Onderwijsverslag over het jaar 1998. Utrecht, Inspectie van het Onderwijs.
Kloprogge, J. et al. 1998 Early childhood education and child care in the Netherlands. Draft Report. Sardes.
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschappen 1996 The development of education. Education policy in the Netherlands: 1994-1996. National report from the Netherlands. International conference on education. Forty-fifth session, Geneva, 1996. Zoetermeer, OCenW.
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschappen 1996 UNESCO Conference, 24-26 October, at Paris. ‘Childcare and education for children between the ages of two and seven in the Netherlands’. Position Paper, the Netherlands. Zoetermeer, OCenW.
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschappen 1998 Onderwijs, cultuur en wetenschappen in kerncijfers. Zoetermeer, OCenW.
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschappen 1998 Informatiedossier over de onderwijssystemen in de Europese Unie 1997. Nederland. Zoetermeer, OCenW.
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschappen 1998 Information dossier on the structures of the education systems in the European Union and the EFTA countries 1997. The Netherlands. Zoetermeer, OCenW.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 1998 Education at a glance. OECD indicators. 1998. Paris, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development / Human Resources Development Canada 1997 Literacy skills for the knowledge society. Further results from the international adult literacy survey. Paris, OECD/HRDC.

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