“It’s not really healthy.”

A little cleaning is done in primary schools in Amsterdam. The toilets are so dirty that kids sometimes like to hold their own urine all day long. Parents and teachers are brought in to help clean up.

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It’s not a fancy topic and schools prefer to keep quiet about “bacterial bombs” in their school, according to Tour. Filth and shame still go hand in hand, and now that the problem has worsened, some are still speaking out: Amsterdam’s schools are dirty. So dirty in fact that there are children who do not go to the toilet.

“We have a student council with older children,” says Miriam Roosendaal, principal of Corantine Elementary School in the West. “I found it very upsetting when they said they don’t poop at school anyway and, if possible, hold their own urine all day. This is really not good and unhealthy.”

Never clean

At De Burght Primary School in the Center and De Springstok in De Pijp, parents complain about the lack of hygiene. They think letting their child go is “too dirty,” but they don’t see any other option. Managers refer to managers – cleaning is arranged and contracted by the boards.

Rosendahl spoke about it: “Our school is really dirty. It has something to do with budgets. We get 3 hours a day for a school with 190 children, 12 classrooms, 2 kitchens, and 35 toilets. It’s very little.”

“What I’ve identified now is that parents come to help three times a year, if they want to. And sometimes we roll up our sleeves with the team or ask apprentices to help. Teachers are there to teach, not to clean. But yeah…a lot of things are never cleaned.” Window sills , for example. Actually, it’s just a drama.

Parents also do cleaning duties in other schools. “Sometimes they come to clean themselves, because they consider it necessary,” says a teacher from a primary school in the east, who does not want to be named. “And sometimes I ask. We get countless complaints about the filth. We have a playroom with cubes and lots of toy boxes that are never cleaned.”

Always complaints

A 57-year-old cleaner, who also wishes to remain anonymous, and who has cleaned at various elementary schools in the east since 1993, says he was scheduled to last two hours. But I got to work for four hours. Two hours later I came home and the school hadn’t been left clean. It’s too bad for the kids, but I don’t get paid enough to volunteer for overtime. I stopped last year because no matter how well I did my job, there were always complaints about cleaning, while I can’t do anything about it. I did what I could for the hours I had.”

In addition to the fact that very few hours are counted, the cleaning industry just like other sectors suffers from a staff shortage. Asito, the cleaning company that works for De Burght, among other things, acknowledges that there are occupancy problems; The company already has 70 vacancies in North Holland alone.

Like a shortage of teachers.

CSU, the cleaning company that cleans schools in the East and where the 57-year-old cleaner works, denies backtracking. In a written response, a spokesperson said “it is usual for cleaning to take place every afternoon”. “During the day, of course, pollution can happen, particularly in an elementary school with younger children.” The spokesperson also says there are no known complaints or occupational problems at CSU, even though there are 16 cleaning vacancies for schools in Amsterdam.

Theo Hougeemstra, director of the Amsterdam-West Pennine de Ring school board, which includes primary school Coranten, denies the problems, while the school board of the Amstel Public Education Foundation (OOadA), which includes De Burght and De Springstok, says it calls “A difficult and recognizable position.” “It is actually just like the lack of teachers, there are very few people and that is why we are forced to move people from one temporary place to another temporary place. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out and we and the cleaning company can’t fill a gap.”

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