Causes and consequences of regional population decline for primary schools

Tialda Haartsen*, Leo Van Wissen

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During the past few years, the Dutch education system has been confronted with a sharp decline in the number of pupils. Especially in rural villages, inhabitants fear for the closure of their local primary school, which is perceived as a very negative development for local village life. This paper shows that the relatively sharp decline of the number of pupils in the next decade can be explained by a wavelike pattern in the past and projected number of pupils, resulting from the baby bust of the 1960s and 1970s. The relative decrease in pupils will almost be as strong in future depopulating (Anticipeer) regions as in present day declining (Topkrimp) regions. However, municipalities in the Topkrimp regions have many smaller primary schools which implies that they will have to deal with school mergers and closures in the near future. The paper concludes that long term effects of school closures on local society are not as devastating as often perceived.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)487-496
Aantal pagina's10
TijdschriftTijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
StatusPublished - sep-2012

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