National Final Exams Stolen at Rotterdam Islamic School

12 June 2013

 

Fifteen national secondary school exams were stolen from the Ibn Ghaldoun Islamic school in Rotterdam.

With last week’s initial discovery of one stolen exam the national French exam was cancelled, and 17,000 pupils across the country had to retake a new version of the exam the following day.

After this incident a further 14 exams went missing from Ibn Ghaldoun. It is unlikely that students will retake exams nationwide, as the Education Ministry believes that these exams have not been distributed to pupils of other schools. However the city of Rotterdam has suspended its diploma presentations until the end of June while the issue is under investigation. Students have been given until Friday evening to admit to having viewed a stolen exam.

Three Ibn Ghaldoun students have been arrested in connection with the theft. Police say there was no sign of a break-in. However the Education Ministry says that there is no reason to believe that school management is involved, and rector Bart Renders insists he is “almost 100 per cent sure” teachers are not involved in the theft.

 

Judge rules regarding Islamic school in Rotterdam

A judge in Rotterdam ruled that the city’s education councilor, Leonard Geluk, had no right in advising parents to remove their children from the Ibn Ghaldoun Islamic school. Geluk has been ordered to write a letter to all parents correcting his advice. However, the education councilor may continue to state that the quality of education of the school is debatable. The Ibn Ghaldoun school has recently had its school subsidies suspended by the Rotterdam city council, and places lowest in education levels by school inspectors.