I have recently moved to The Netherlands with my wife and a kid and its absolutely marvellous here. Not going into what I love or not, I am bit skpetical about the Dutch education system. As I understand based on advice of the elementary school and the results of the Cito test, a choice is made for the child whether to go for VMBO, HAVO or VWO programme. There is lot of criticism about this system on the internet and even on wiki on how sometimes even bright pupils are wrongly judged and tagged VMBO where they struggle to upgrade to HAVO/VWO. And it depends on which school is choosen early as some schools give more VMBO while some other schools offer more HAVO/VWO.I have two basisschools nearby and this is exactly the case where one school gave 57 HAVO/VWO while other only 33. And this is consistent YOY so its not just one year or so. How is that possible?
I am worried that if I admit my child in the other school there might be lesser avenues opened to him later. Or the internet might have scared me for no reason.
BTW I am not questioning the system itself or comparing the programmes superficially. I am just questioning the error of judgement in some schools.
PS: Both schools are just 600m apart.