Extra classes for language deficiency
Published: 09 July 2012 Modified: 27 September 2012
A new so-called ‘kopklas’ will start up after the summer for primary school children who have gotten a low recommendation for their secondary education stream due to a language deficiency.
The 'kopklas', an extra year between primary school (groep 8) and the first year of high school, will offer intensive instruction in the Dutch language. This way immigrant children will get the chance to finish primary school with a recommendation for the type of education which better suits their level. The new kopklas will be offered at the Edith Stein College, a high school in the city centre.
‘Kopklas’ a success
The first ‘kopklas’ in The Hague began at the Edith Stein College during the 2004/2005 school year. This class is focused on pupils who could get a recommendation for pre-university education (VWO) or general secondary education (HAVO).
Hofstad Mavo has also offered a ‘kopklas’ since the 2010/2011 school year for pupils who have the potential to do pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO).
Since its start in 2004, 117 pupils have taken the special class. More than 80% of them completed the course with a higher recommendation for secondary education.
Here you can find more information on Secondary Education in the Netherlands.
Deputy Mayor Van Engelshoven with pupils from the Edith Stein College