Earlier this year (May):
Awww. I’m glad Prince Claus got to meet her.
Apparently there were several negative reactions to the news on Instagram. Eloise did a neat response.
Negative reactions to what?
About the wat Eloise obtained her diploma. Which IMO wasn't very different from other kids in these Corona time. Due to the Corona there is a.o. no Central Final Examination.
Now I dislike that (not just toward Eloise and not just being a "hater") - A final exam could surely have been arranged? We live in a world of marvelous technological advances. Even if it couldn't be given say, in May, it could likely be given now. And we aren't speaking of people who don't have access to computers!!
Nope, as to my knowledge no Dutch highschool graduate did a central examination (CE) this year, including a nephew of mine. Or just part of it. All due to the COVID 19.
Well, perhaps some did, cases like one of my other nephews: due to circumstances he does a so called Staatsexamen (roughly translated as State exam) The state exam is intended for people who no longer participate in 'regular' secondary education. You can take exams in 1 or more subjects per year. This way you can take longer (up to 10 years) to obtain your diploma. You can also take a state exam for secondary special education (vso).The state exam consists of 2 compulsory parts: the central exam and the college exam.
In the Netherlands, it roughly goes as follows (in general):
The final exam is the final exam of a study or study program. In the Netherlands this usually means: the school exam and the central exam to conclude a course (VMBO, HAVO, VWO) in secondary education.
In the Netherlands, the school exam, also referred to as the testing and closing program, is the part of the final exam that is taken over the entire top classes of the respective course. In my time at secondary education they were called 'tentamens'. In upper secondary education in the Netherlands, the student gradually builds up his final mark for each subject. Every grade that counts in this final grade is called a school exam grade. These school exams are based on the national valid rules, but are school specific. For subjects that do not have a central examination, this accrued school examination figure determines 100% of the diploma figure.
The central examination (CE) is the final part of the final examination of secondary education in the Netherlands. The CE is regulated by law and is supported for current schools by the VO Council and AOC Council with up-to-date protocols regarding secrecy and procedures. It is characterized by national standardization of declarations (equal or equivalent), purchase conditions and assessment.
The practical part of the CE (for the courses VMBO BB and KB) starts at the end of March / beginning of April. The written part of the CE is administered in three periods.
- The first period is in the second half of May. All exams are taken for everyone, in secondary schools and vavo schools for adults
- The second period is in the second half of June. This period is intended for retakes and for candidates who were unable to take one or more exams during the first period due to force majeure.
- The third period takes place in the second half of August. The exams are administered exclusively by the state examination committee. The third period, like the second, is for candidates who have not yet been able to complete the exam, or who still have a second chance.
Due to the corona pandemic, no Central Exam was taken in 2020. Students in secondary education were able to obtain their diploma that year after completing the school exams, which are taken earlier in the school year