Dutch schools are struggling with increasing government demands about lessons in good citizenship which some say infringe on the right to freedom of education, the Volkskrant said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, school inspectors published a new report criticising the approach to lessons about Dutch norms and values. In particular, there is no clear aim to the course and some subjects, such as homosexuality, are difficult to raise in some schools, the inspectors say.

Currently, schools are allowed to deal with such subjects in their own way but education ministers Jet Bussemaker and Sander Dekker want to introduce legislation setting down which 'key values' schools should impress upon their pupils.

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