The Netherlands

Netherlands increase minimum number of lesson hours (in Dutch)
Besturenraad (Council of Dutch School Boards) (27 June 2012)

The Dutch Department of Education is increasing the minimum number of teaching hours for secondary education.  Schools will be required to provide at least 1,040 teaching hours a year, an increase from the former minimum of 1,000 teaching hours.  This policy change is not without criticism, though: “The outcome of today means that the quantity of hours prevails over quality [of hours].”

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