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Friday, June 30, 2006 

Friday 30 June 2006

Effective August, Bonaire has a vwo

BONAIRE – The management of the Comprehensive school of Bonaire (SGB) announced in a press conference yesterday afternoon that effective next school year, the school is going to offer the 4th year of the pre-university education (vwo).

The SGB started three years ago with the first year of the vwo. The students of that year are now in the third year and ready to start with the second phase of their education. In the past, vwo-students had to continue their education either in Curacao or Aruba and had to leave home to go to another island on a very young age. Now it is possible to finish the education in Bonaire. This is a positive development in the education field.

The SGB will increase the tuition with 5 guilders per student and the lease of books and class material with 15 percent. The management has included social factors in this decision; the increase in not enough to cover the expenses.

The expensive euro and other increased expenses form the necessity for the measure. If the school charges the students and parentS for all the expenses, it would mean an increase of 100 percent, but since this is going to be too much for a lot of parents, the school had kept the increase to 15 percent.

The results of the exams were improved again in relation to former years. 90 Percent of the havo-students, 80 percent in the vocational- and theoretical education, and 100 percent of the AGO had passed their exams.

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