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House of Representatives: targets for more permanent contracts

The House of Representatives wants to curb the increase in temporary contracts in education by including targets in the next education budget. A motion to that effect was passed by a large majority on Tuesday.  

The 2023 education budget will be discussed today and tomorrow. A large part of the House of Representatives is extremely disturbed by the declining share of permanent contracts, especially in view of the large teacher shortage. The House of Representatives calls on education ministers Dennis Wiersma and Robbert Dijkgraaf to include 'objectives and targets for the number of permanent employment contracts broken down by position' in the next education budget, which will be submitted next year.

It is the first time that the House has adopted such a ruling. The motion was tabled by GroenLinks, PVV, PvdA and SGP in response to it budget inquiry last week. With the support of coalition party D66, the motion received a vote yesterday afternoon majority; coalition partners VVD, CDA and ChristenUnie voted against.

Alleged risks

There was another one about two weeks ago technical briefing about primary and secondary education, where representatives of the PO council and VO council were present. GroenLinks and D66 respond to the Education magazine last night that the sector councils there had “not a good story” about the temporary contracts. “That was another confirmation that everyone is always pointing fingers at each other,” said GroenLinks MP Lisa Westerveld.

“Flexible shells are wrongly maintained for alleged risks,” said D66 MP Paul van Meenen. “Holding every teacher now, offering security and a future is the motto as far as I am concerned.”

Also the AOb the rising share of temporary contracts for teaching staff is a thorn in the flesh. Over the past few months, the Education magazine has published three stories (september, oktober en november) that increase under scrutiny. Parliamentary questions about this were asked on two occasions by the PvdA and the SP.

“Fortunately, the House of Representatives understands that permanent contracts in education are badly needed,” responds AObchairman Tamar van Gelder. “You would think that all employers should have figured this out by now, but alas. With a permanent contract you keep teams close and people can also count on you. With this motion in hand, you can address your employer even more. And if they don't want you, the following applies to all our members: report to us and then together we will see how we can convince them very quickly.”

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