Sander Dekker

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His Excellency
Sander Dekker
Sander Dekker 2015 (1).jpg
Secretary of State for Education, Culture and Science
Assumed office
5 November 2012
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Halbe Zijlstra
Personal details
Born Sander Dekker
(1975-02-09) 9 February 1975 (age 42)
The Hague, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Residence The Hague, Netherlands
Alma mater Leiden University (M.A. in public administration)
Occupation Politician, civil servant, academic

Sander Dekker (born 9 February 1975) is a Dutch politician and civil servant of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He has been the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, dealing with higher education, science and knowledge, teachers and culture in the Cabinet Rutte II since 5 November 2012.[1][2] He previously served as an alderman in The Hague from 2006 to 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Sander Dekker was born on 9 February 1975 in The Hague in the Netherlands.[3]

He went to primary and secondary schools in Zoetermeer. He studied public administration at Leiden University (1993–1999).[3]

Actions as a State Secretary[edit]

In July 2015 Dekker submitted to parliament a proposal to change two aspects of the freedom of education law:[4]

  1. Not to demand that new schools represent an ideological direction, such as a religion. New schools could be based on an idea for good education, for instance ICT-based education, green schools, or other innovative concept, as long as sufficient interest exists for such a system.
  2. To introduce more severe quality controls. Freedom of education should not be a license for bad educational systems.


  1. ^ (in Dutch) Dekker: plezierig gesprek met Rutte, NOS, November 1, 2012.
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Dekker: omroep van 17 mln Nederlanders, NOS, December 6, 2012.
  3. ^ a b (in Dutch) Drs. S. (Sander) Dekker, Parlement & Politiek. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Het is maar wat je vrijheid van onderwijs noemt". Retrieved 2015-07-02. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Halbe Zijlstra
State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science