Education union AOb has canceled the election debate on education, because members objected to the participation of the PVV. The union writes that the election program of the PVV “takes such a distance from everything that the AOb (…) stands for” that the invitation to the party had to be withdrawn and the debate could not continue.
The education union does not report exactly on which points the PVV and the AOb diverge. In the explanation the board writes to enter into dialogue with members: “About equal opportunities, racism and how to deal with a political landscape with parties with ideas that are miles away from their own mission.”
PVV education spokesman and MP Harm Beertema reacts displeased. “The union of inclusion and equality. The union for everyone, except for PVV members.” Party leader Geert Wilders writes on Twitter: “What a cowardly anti-democrats those people from the AOb.”
That is precisely why debate
The debate was to be held tomorrow with, in addition to the PVV, also spokespersons for CDA, GroenLinks, PvdA, SP, VVD and D66. The parties would debate, among other things, maximum class sizes, the importance of permanent contracts in education and equity.
The D66 education spokesperson is unhappy with the cancellation and calls on the AOb to allow the debate to continue. “Bad”, tweeted MP Paul van Meenen. “I also strongly disagree with a lot of points from that program. But that is precisely why I want to have a debate with Harm Beertema.”