Primary children to be taught in native languages in Dutch schools

Word cloud of hello in different languagesThe Netherlands’ ministry of education has issued guidance to all primary schools stating that migrant children should be taught in their own native languages to help them feel more confident and settled.

Speaking in a radio interview, one of the authors, Maaike Hajer, said that it was important to give pupils this early boost.

She added that using their native languages did not mean that it would impair their learning of Dutch.

This view is contrary to previous thinking of the past 20 years that migrant children should be immersed in Dutch at the earliest opportunity.
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