Dutch school pupils on strike

This is a protest song, called 140 liter badwater, by Dutch secondary school pupils against government education policy; played by the Meander Big Band, directed by Lily van Oyen.

From libcom.org:

Thousands of Dutch school pupils walked out of lessons on Friday in wildcat protests organised online against lesson times.

There were walk outs in at least 15 cities and there were a number of incidents, with 20 teenagers arrested. In Middelburg 500 pupils occupied a crossroads, after which they clashed with police with batons.

Word about the demonstrations – against the official 1,040 hours of lessons a year – was spread using MSN and email.

In Amsterdam over a thousand pupils from most of the city centre schools gathered on the Museumplein. …

‘Now we have to have 1,040 hours of lessons a year schools are coming up with all sorts of fake lessons to fill in the time,’ one 14-year-old protestor in Amsterdam told DutchNews.nl.

Teachers unions say they are unhappy with the protests but support the pupils’ cause.

Government efforts to make sure schools meet the 1,040 hour legal obligation has led to ‘panic football’ in schools, a spokesman said. Ministers have said they will fine schools that don’t hit the target.

Today, there were again big pupils’ strikes in many places.

See also here.

On Wednesday, Parliament will debate on this.

If the results of that debate are unsatisfactory, the national pupils’ union will call for a national strike on Friday, 30 November.

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