9 February 2018 • Dion Kerkhoven
Municipal politicians hold a debate about educational issues
On 30 January, the Auditorium at The Hague University of Applied Sciences was the venue for The Hague Education Debate. This was attended by more than 250 people, mostly students and employees of educational institutions.
Most of the participants in the debate were the political leaders of their party who are now on the council but some parties were represented by someone who wasn’t on their list of candidates. There were also some candidates speaking for other parties who are not – or not yet – on the municipal council. The Party for Freedom and the Party for the Animals didn’t send anyone but no reason was given for this. The alleged feminisation of education definitely hadn’t got through to those on stage during this debate, but it was certainly obvious that all of them were men.
Each of the five school administrators who were present defended a position. Anyone could respond to the positions by using the Kahoot app on their smartphone. Jet de Ranitz (Chairman of the Executive Board at Inholland) who was leading the debate, let Pierre Heijnen (Chairman of the Executive Board at ROC Mondriaan) speak first. He talked about the approach to functional illiteracy. The other positions addressed weekend and holiday schools, a single desk for all the municipal facilities, the approach to the shortage of teachers, and, last of all, the position defended by Leonard Geluk which was about teaching global citizenship at all the schools in The Hague.
A lively debate
Using Kahoot had been given up but a show of hands could also measure what people thought. People were still engaged in a lively debate afterwards in the Atrium. And even though the campaigning hadn’t started officially, it got off to a good start unofficially that Tuesday evening.
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