OCW sets aside extra money for purchasing power, equal opportunities and recovery | News report

News item | 20-09-2022 | 15:20

All children and young people must have all opportunities, regardless of where you live, your parents’ income or the circumstances in which you grow up. In addition, it is important that students have peace and space to develop. There is also extra attention to the fact that the cultural sector must grow and innovate.

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is investing extra money to restore purchasing power among students. The Cabinet will occasionally set aside €500 million for this. This equates to €165 per month on top of the advertised base grant for non-resident MBO, HBO and university students for the academic year 2023/2024. This is connected with the planned reintroduction of the basic subsidy.

Higher education and natural sciences

To ensure that the Netherlands remains among the world’s best knowledge countries, the government invests extra in higher education and natural sciences. Higher education and research are creaking and creaking, which is why large investments are needed to create more space for young researchers, to train talent, to guide students, to improve student welfare and to improve attachment to the labor market. An additional EUR 500 million per year is available for this. In addition, an additional 5 billion euros will be invested in higher education and natural sciences over the next ten years, the so-called science fund.

MBA

MBO students hold the key to a few very important files in our future. For example, there is currently a great social demand for professionals from MBO. In addition, the liberation of MBO is an important theme. The cabinet makes around €350 million structurally available for MBO. It is primarily about increasing equal opportunities, linking education better to the labor market and providing an impetus for quality and innovation.

Primary school and secondary education

The government is investing a total of 3.3 billion euros extra in primary and secondary education compared to the previous period. Better reading, writing, arithmetic and participation in society, in other words improving basic skills: an extra 1 billion euros is set aside for this every year. It is essential that there are enough teachers, school leaders and educational support staff who can practice their profession well.

In the Education Agreement, which was concluded this year, it was therefore agreed that teachers and other employees in primary schools must earn the same as their colleagues in secondary education. This is an investment of €919 million. In addition, €300 million will be invested in tackling the workload in secondary education. Extra space has been created for further training of teachers and school leaders, namely 128 million euros on a structural basis.

To ensure that every child can seize optimal opportunities, the Cabinet will allocate a total of €1 billion over the coming years. €34 million of this has now been invested in the School & Environment programme, where tens of thousands of pupils are offered extra activities and support beyond their regular lessons in and around school.

The cultural and creative sector

The cultural and creative sector has been under great pressure and continues to face significant challenges. The Cabinet approves the need to structurally improve a number of things now and will therefore invest an additional €170 million per year from next year. Strengthening the labor market position of producers and workers is central; through more tasks for freelancers, better employment conditions and special attention to young people and beginners. In addition, we are committed to accessibility, innovation and culture for all. We need a strong, well-functioning and attractive cultural and creative sector for everyone. Because culture challenges, connects and gives color and meaning to our lives.

Media

Independent, strong media are indispensable in a well-functioning democracy. Both local journalism and investigative journalism can count on additional investments. From 2023, the cabinet will invest 30 million euros annually in media to strengthen journalism and improve its quality.

Emancipation

The ambitious goals in the field of liberation have been translated into more resources for the coming years in the budget note for 2023. In the new grant period (2023-2027), various organizations committed to more gender and lhbtiq+ equality in the Netherlands will be supported with more than €12 million per year. In addition, the activities from the national action plan for cross-border behavior and sexual violence and the liberation memorandum will be implemented in the coming years.

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