Student - June 28, 2007

Dutch students don’t try hard

Many Dutch students are bone-idle: only one in three tries hard to get a good grade for an exam. The rest are happy with lower grades while students in other countries try harder.

These findings are in the new university WO-monitor, published on 28 June. In ten European countries, an average of 59 percent of those interviewed go for as high a grade as possible. Switzerland, Finland and Austria come out average, but with 34 percent, the Netherlands is right at the bottom of the list. In Spain, over seventy percent of students are out to score as high as they can, and in France, Germany, Norway, Italy and Great Britain the students score above average.

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