MBO’s start again, worry with students for too few practical lessons

Mbo’s have decorated their buildings on it, for example with walking routes and mudguards. And also in the coming school year – because not everyone can go to school at the same time – there will be a lot of online lessons

It leads to mixed feelings, for example at the Youth Organisation for Vocational Education (JOB). They look forward to students being able to go back to school, but at the same time there are concerns about how few students are able to do so.

“We hear from a lot of students that they only get lessons at school one or two days a week. For students who study for an electrician or nurse, for example, that one physical school day a week simply doesn’t work. Practical education is central in secondary vocational education, but it can’t be given properly this way”, says chairman Noah Hajji

Aggravatingly stiff

“We choose to let the freshmen come to school as much as possible. They have not had any physical lessons since March, and have been out of rhythm for five months. These are young people of 16 or 17 years old, they really need the connection with their studies.”

21,000 traineeships too few

Another consequence of the corona crisis: the enormous internship shortage. The Samenwerkingsorganisatie Beroepsonderwijs Bedrijfsleven (SBB) (SBB) has calculated that there will be 21,000 undergraduate traineeships for the next school year

Van den Elst of Nova College recognizes the problems. “The hospitality industry, tourism and business services have been hit hard. Companies are busy surviving, they have no energy at all for students” With replacement assignments or postponement of the internship they try to let students do their internship as good and as bad as possible.