State Secretary of Education, Culture and Science Sander Dekker is very pleased with the implementation of the new board at Saba Comprehensive School (SCS). This writes the Daily Herald. “I am happy that the conditions have been fulfilled for the school to proceed with the necessary developments and improvements to be able to offer Saba’s pupils education in accordance with the Dutch quality standards,” Dekker said.
As laid down in the Education Agenda of 2011, which was signed by all education stakeholders concerned, schools on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will have to comply with the basic Dutch educational standards by 2016. SCS encountered many challenges in 2014. A new Educational Taskforce (ETF) was formed, to help the school in the process of restoring tranquillity and getting back on track with the process to improve education.
EFT consists of Commissioner of Education Chris Johnson and Secondary Education Board coaches Wim Littooij and Sjoerd Slagter of the Dutch Council for Secondary Education VO-Raad. EFT analysed the situation at SCS in terms of governance, the educational level and quality and implemented a number of measures. According to ETF, all conditions are met for the school to successfully proceed with the education-improvement process, at this moment. State Secretary Dekker said he was grateful for ETF’s work and especially for Commissioner Johnson’s efforts, including those that led to the formation of a new school board.