So last friday I didn't went to school because I went to this hudge protest in The Hague.
It was the biggest protest since 1988
And it was the first time that there are professors and teachers of Dutch schools among with us.
At the actual event came about 20,000 students. They argued against the cuts in education. The demonstrators are particularly angry about the plan to students who study more than one year delay from the coming academic year 3000 euros to pay tuition. A number of prominent figures from politics and education spoke. Among them: PvdA leader Cohen, D66 leader Pechtold and SP leader Roemer.
The last speaker was Secretary of education Zijlstra, who was booed by the students. There were a few tomatoes thrown at him. He said the protest is understandable, but stressed the cuts are necessary.
Prime Minister Rutte also dropped - at his weekly press conference - namely that the cuts continue. He pointed out that the quality must rise, but that now that students need something first hand.
Rutte said that in recent years billions have gone into education and it was not clear what that was spent on. "I fear that bureaucracy has gone too far."