Islamic college in Netherlands to close

Due to poor test results and a shortage of pupils, the government will cease funding for the Amsterdam Islamtitische College, Junior Minister Marja van Bijsterveldt announced. The college is one of only two Islamic colleges in the Netherlands. School chairman Farid Zaari says the college is ‘extremely disappointed’. The minister could use her discretion to carry on subsidising the school, but inspections suggest that it is unlikely conditions at the college will improve. Funding for new pupils will be stopped on August 1, although current pupils will be able to complete their education at the school.