Dutch minister commends S-4’s guidance of BES students

POSTED: 10/3/11 8:12 PM

THE HAGUE – Dutch Minister of Education Marja Bijsterveldt-Vliegenthart has told the Second Chamber she is confident that students of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in the Netherlands are being properly supervised by the St. Maarten Student Support Services (S4). Her remarks were a reply to a letter from Christian Union MP Cynthia Ortega-Martijn who has received complaints from local organizations in Bonaire who believe they are better placed to guide the students.

“I have no reason to doubt the care and guidance that S4 is giving to the students from the BES islands,” the Dutch minister wrote.

Bijsterveldt-Vliegenthart also informed MPs that a new arrangement will be on table for the next school year because the contract with S4 was a temporary solution after the Curacao Study Financing Foundation (SSC) said it could no longer take care of the students from the BES.

Wider issue

Bijsterveldt-Vliegenthart has also pointed that there is a need for more guidance of young people from an ethnic or cultural minority. Figures from 2004 to 2007 show that roughly 27 percent of the young people from the former Netherlands Antilles and also from Aruba drop out college without a diploma. The dropout rate at universities is 17 percent. Both figures are higher than the national average in the Netherlands which is 22 percent for college and 11 percent for university.

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