D66 wants to invest an additional EUR 7 billion in education in the coming cabinet period and EUR 3 billion in making childcare free. The AD wrote about it this morning and leader Kaag gave an explanation in the CCEit Radio 1 News. As in previous elections, D66 wants to put itself on the map as the educational party.
“ The probability inequality is so dramatic in the Netherlands that we really have to intervene now if we want to see a happy future for everyone. That means education, education, education,” Kaag said on the radio.
The billions in education should be devoted to equalizing the salaries of primary school teachers and teachers in secondary education, a plan included in the electoral programme. The same applies to the introduction of a scholarship of at least EUR 300 per month. In 2014, D66 supported the introduction of the loan system, which replaced the base exchange. “But many students experience a huge barrier to incriminating a debt. We are out,” said the D66 leader.
There should also be smaller classes and children in schools in disadvantaged districts should receive a free school meal. Previous education plans included a free meal for all students. That turned out to be too expensive, recognizes Kaag. With the remaining 3 billion, child care should be accessible free of charge four days a week.
Load on large capacities
In order to make the plans possible, the Party intends to introduce a tax on large assets and on polluting companies. In addition, Kaag advocates increasing public debt: “There is room for that within the European budget rules. We now need to invest if we are to get out of this crisis. If we start to skimp on education now, we will never get out of the crisis and become a more unequal country.”
The proposed additional amount of EUR 10 billion is almost as much as the government spends on Defence each year (11 billion). When asked whether the 10 billion for D66 is a breaking point in the formation, Kaag replied: “There are few absolutisms in life except death. First, let‘s go into the elections and get seats and sit down at the formation table. Education is in everyone’s interest.”