Minority discrimination up 68 pct in Dutch schools

THE HAGUE (AA): Discrimination in schools against minorities has increased 68 percent in the Netherlands compared to the previous academic year, according to a new report.

The Inspection Board of the Dutch Ministry of Education revealed on Wednesday that there had been a “large increase” in discrimination against ethnic minorities, according to complaints reported to school safety inspectors during the 2017-2018 academic year.

The report said the number of discriminative cases rose to 42 during this period, while 25 cases had been registered in the previous academic term.

It also revealed that sexual abuse in schools climbed from 106 to 134 cases compared to the previous period, adding that the sexual harassment cases fell from 247 to 203 during the same timeframe.

Almost half of the complaints by students of sexual abuse were against teachers or school staff, the report revealed.