10 July 2017 • HOP, by Matthijs van Schie
Senior secondary vocational education students graduate from universities of applied sciences before general secondary education students
When senior secondary vocational education students (MBO students) don’t drop out early, they achieve their university of applied sciences diploma before general secondary education students (HAVO students). According to a report released today by Statistics Netherlands, they study rather quickly at universities of applied sciences.
Of the MBO students who successfully completed their university of applied sciences degree, 35% gained the diploma within four years. This means that they study more quickly than HAVO students, of whom only 28% finished after four years, according to the new figures.
After six years, the respective situations are almost the same. By then, around a half of both HAVO and MBO students have gained a diploma. However, the figures clearly show that MBO students leave their degree programme more frequently, particularly in the first year. After six years, a third of them has dropped out, compared to 22% of university of applied sciences students with a HAVO background.
An analysis by HOP at the start of this year showed that MBO students perform excellently in higher education, in spite of all of the doom-laden stories. Once students have got through their first year, it hardly makes any difference to their success whether they are from an MBO or HAVO background.
The situation of students from non-western backgrounds is a greater cause for concern. When they are compared to students of Dutch heritage, the differences are huge. After five years, students of non-Dutch heritage who followed pre-university secondary education (VWO) achieve their university of applied sciences diploma even less frequently than MBO students of Dutch heritage.
There is also a large divide between males and females. After five years, only a third of male HAVO students have achieved a university of applied sciences diploma compared to a half of female MBO students.