How it continued


September 2019 - ...

On 1 September 2019, I will send a letter to the Education, Culture and Science Committee of the Lower House of Parliament about the extremely slow introduction of laws and regulations in the context of the introduction of CXC on St. Eustatius.

I hereby respond to the progress report of the Government to the Lower House of Parliament dated July 10, 2019 in Dutch (especially page 6 of 10 of this letter, dealing with the introduction of CXC on Saba and St. Eustatius).

A little further down in history: on 8 October 2014, the Government will take the decision to introduce English as the language of instruction on the Gwendoline van Puttenschool in Dutch. It is not only about the change from "Dutch" to "English" but also about the introduction of the structure according to the Caribbean Examanition Council (CXC).

On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Nuffic appreciates foreign diplomas and school systems. There is not much to be found about CXC (and more specifically the CSEC level). The most recent elaboration is in a Nuffic document in Dutch of 2011 (version 2015).

On 23 December 2019, I receive the report of a meeting of the Committee on Education, Culture and Science at which the PvdA group seriously used the contents of my letter of 1 September 2019 from an employee of the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament. That same day, I will respond to this member of the group with this e-mail.

The meeting report (including the Minister's response to the questions from the various groups) is on the agenda of a meeting of the Committee for Education, Culture and Science on 16 January 2020. It was decided to discuss the report in plenary session.

As soon as the plenary meeting has been placed on the agenda, motions can be drawn up and submitted. On 20 January 2020, I will send a draft motion to the Chairman and members of the Committee on Education, Culture and Science with the request to prepare and submit it.

The meeting report and related documents (including the list of speakers, the stenographic report and the motions: see under "General Documents" and "Cases to be dealt with") can be found on the website of the House of Representatives in Dutch. In the report, I would draw the reader's attention in particular to the contribution of the PvdA party on page 5 and the minister's response to this on page 13.

On January 28, 2020, the plenary meeting is scheduled at which (very briefly: about 7 minutes, after the suspension is the Minister's response) the Caribbean Education is on the agenda. See the video presentation in Dutch in which two motions are read out on which - after the suspension - the Minister's response is given. It concerns the second motion, spoken by Mrs. Kuiken.
Note: The motion will be adopted unanimously on 4 February 2020. See the video presentatie in Dutch. The votes on the two motions can be seen from minute 7:05 and from minute 7:35 (the latter being the most important, at least for the Gwendoline van Puttenschool).

On 29 January 2020, I will write this e-mail to the group employee with the question "how does an internet consultation work?" His reaction is enlightening. On the website legislation is being published in order to create support for draft legislation and in which improvements can be proposed. Everyone is welcome to respond!

On 3 February 2020 I will write this letter about the desired automatic access to higher professional education in the European Netherlands on the basis of the A and B profiles in CSEC.

In view of the treatment of the law on the transition from vmbo to havo on February 17th, I will send input on February 8th to involve the Dutch Caribbean in the subject. On February 13th I will receive the reaction in Dutch that this will be presented to the Minister.

On February 13th 2020 there will then be a draft Besluit CXC in Dutch on which comments may be made until March 18th 2020. From this site I have published the actual draft decision here separately in Dutch. On 19 February 2020 I will send this comment via the internet consultation website. On the 8th of March I will send a small supplement.

On 4 May 2020, I will ask the Committee on Education, Culture and Science whether the CXC Decision can be published before July 2020. On 19 June 2020 I repeat this request once more. And again on July 12th.

In preparation for a procedural meeting of the Education Committee Culture and Science on 3 September 2020, I am writing again on 30 August a call to publish the CXC Decision (and possibly improve it in the future).

On September 3, 2020, there will be a meeting of the OCW Committee, as a result of which I would like to bring the CXC Decision (which still does not exist) to their attention.

Mid November 2020 I hear the sound that one student (coming from St. Eustatius) is studying at that one HBO institution and gets a student grant, while another student at another HBO institution gets the status of 'cursist' (instead of 'student') with which the obvious student grant is blocked. This feels like legal inequality or discrimination. On 19 November 2020, I will write a letter about this with a broad address.

On January 5, 2021 I receive a reaction of minOCW. On January 8, 2021 I write again a letter. A (not very satisfactory) reply to this follows from the Minister to the OCW Committee on February 1st 2021. This reply has an attachment (the previously sent letter to me dated January 5, 2021). (letter and attachment of feb 1st is in dutch)

On March 15th there will be an information evening about studying as a continuation of finishing high school on St. Eustatius. On March 15th there will be an information evening about studying to finish high school on St. Eustatius. I found this information evening somewhat saddening so I wrote a letter and sent it on March 16th. A follow-up to this letter I am writing on March 29 and on March 31.

On April 2, 2021, the Decree Saba Comprehensive School and Gwendoline van Puttenschool BES will be officially published (in Dutch).

A procedural meeting of the OCW Committee will take place on April 15. As pt 82 on the agenda is the CXC education on St. Eustatius. To this end I am writing this letter on April 13, 2021. The meeting has a follow-up on April 22, 2021. A day before (April 21, 2021) I write a letter. Meanwhile, on April 16, 2021, a letter also goes to the Ministry of OCW and some other organizations involved.

The committee decides to have a written consultation with the minister. Fractions are called 23 April 2021 to formulate the questions and submit them to the Registrar by 11 May 2021. The Labour Party drafts this contribution. May 12, 2021, questions are submitted on behalf of VVD and PvdA.

On July 15, 2021, an emergency provision will be made in the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act by inserting Section 7.37d for enrollment for the 2021-2022 academic year. See chapter 7 of this law and then scroll down to 7.37d.

And yes, on August 25, 2021 (!) is a notification to NL colleges from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) that the influx of students from the Caribbean Netherlands may hand over their diploma later.

On September 25, 2021, I will receive two documents:

  1. Progress OCW in caribbean part of the kingdom (July 8, 2021)
  2. studiesuccess and -connection to education in NL (September 7, 2021)

On September 29, 2021, I will give input following the documents received.

On October 5, 2021, I will receive the final input of the parlementary questions.

On April 28, 2022, I am writing a letter about the sudden postponement of the cxc/csec exams in caribbean netherlands.

On June 1 2022, Minister Dennis Wiersma will visit our island and our school. Very briefly I speak to him. I write him a short note that evening.

On September 20 2022, I write about the decelopments on the collective labour agreements of the teaching staff in the Caribbean Netherlands, or more specifically: St. Eustatius. This is the letter, and this is the in-depth appendix.