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Different types of education in the Netherlands

Last updated: 9/18/2023, 8:17 AM
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If you go to school in the Netherlands, you may choose what type of education you or your child receives. In this article you can read more about the different types of education.

Normal and special primary and secondary education

Public and special schools or universities

Secondly, the Netherlands distinguishes between public and special schools. Public schools are open to every student. Education is not based on a religion or philosophy of life. However, there are public schools that teach based on a particular teaching method.

Special schools teach from a religion or philosophy of life. For example, you have Christian and Islamic schools in the Netherlands. But you have schools that teach from a particular philosophy, such as free schools. A special school may make demands of its students, for example that the student be of a certain religion. But in a special school, just like in a public school, you are not allowed to discriminate. For example, a religious school may not be against homosexuality.

If you want to find out what schools are in your area, check with your municipality where you reside.

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