9 November 2018 • HOP, by Bas Belleman
Lower House reins in the minister
Minister of Education Van Engelshoven (D66) surprised friend and foe at the start of the new academic year with her announcement that she wanted to reduce the binding study advice; pressure on first year students should be reduced. Forty of the sixty points seemed like a good upper limit to her.
She did not get much support. She soon pulled back, stating she wanted to talk to educational institutes and promised the Lower House that she would come with a further proposal. Yet it seems the majority is not keen on that idea.
This week, four parties (PVV, VVD, CDA and SGP) submitted a motion during the debate on the education budget. The believe the binding study advice helps prevent students from muddling along for years, so these parties are requesting “to leave the BSA to the institutes of higher education themselves”. The Forum voor Democratie party (two seats) helped them obtain a majority.
There was tension surrounding the term ‘student advance’. The CDA and SP think the term should be scrapped as it gives a rosy picture of what is effectively a student loan. But there was a deadlock, even after a roll-call vote by the MPs. They will vote on the proposal another day.
Also read Rajash Rawal’s blog about the BSA.
No support in the Lower House for Van Engelshoven’s BSA plan