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Facts and figures

published: 2008-08-22

I checked out a school for my two-and-a-half year old son. I hadn’t expected the following reaction to my question whether they had a waiting list:
"Not in your case because your son is a 1.4 child."
"What’s a 1.4 child?"
"It means we get 1.4 times the usual subsidy for him."
"Because you were born in a non-western foreign country. And our government has calculated that the extra care children of foreign parents need has a monetary value of 1.4 times the care a normal child gets."
"I don’t think it would be right to use this rule in our situation"
"Oh, but that doesn’t matter. It’s like I said, at least you won’t have to worry about waiting lists. That is to say, if CuraƧao is on the list of non-western foreign countries. I’ll have to check up on that."

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