3 May 2019 • HOP, Inge Schouten
“Government allocates extra funds to education”
Sources have reported to the NOS (National Broadcast Foundation) that education will receive an additional 100 million euros a year. In addition, schools and universities will also be able to count on an extra 90 to 100 million euros in the next five years.
This is included in the interim budget report, which was approved by the government on Friday, according to the NOS. The additional funds are partially dedicated to promote exact sciences and technical education. The government believes that science education is important for the future of the Netherlands. The coalition agreement states that higher education funding should “focus specifically” on technical degree programmes.
Last year, prior to the publication of the interim budget, the NOS reported that education had been awarded an additional 200 million euros. This turned out to be somewhat premature. At the end of the day, the ministry was granted only 63 million euros to close its budgetary deficit.
We will soon know how much the government will actually invest in education. The Ministry of Finances will present the interim budget report by June 1. The announced investments would be very welcome in the review of the funding system for higher education.
Minister Van Engelshoven has commissioned a study to analyse how the current education budget is best allocated. A committee led by former PVDA Secretary of State Van Rijn will present its recommendations by the end of May.
There was speculation that the committee would advise Minister Van Engelshoven to transfer millions of euros from arts and humanities degree programmes to science and technology degree programme. Scientists were shocked. But according to the minister the arts and humanities are “of essential importance”. She saw no cause for concern.