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Minister of education planning to award Michelin stars to top schools

September 14, 2011

By Christiaan Frankin

AMSTERDAM – Dutch education minister Maria van Bijsterveldt has revealed plans to award stars to the top elementary and secondary schools.

Van Bijsterveldt laid out her plans in a Sept. 9  interview with Dutch business daily Het Financieel Dagblad.

Though no definitive plans have been finalized, it appears as though a system comparable to that of the renowned Michelin guide will be used.

The system was proposed in response to the current classification of schools, which only includes the categories of ‘very weak’, ‘weak’, and ‘satisfactory’, resulting in a lack of an incentive for schools to strive beyond such levels.

One of the main motivations for this plan is to increase the ease with which underperforming teachers can be removed from their position.

“Those who aren’t motivated, should be reprimanded,” Maria van Bijsterveldt was quoted as saying.

Responses from education unions have been mixed so far.

Although both organizations agree with the need for improved human resources in the education system, details of the proposed ‘Michelin stars’ system are still debated.

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