In the school year 2004/’05, more than185 thousand new pupils were registered in secondary education. Three years later, nearly 26 thousand of them attended the middle management vocational track (vmbo-k) of preparatory secondary vocational education (vmbo). In this group, no less than 22 percent initially attended a higher form of secondary education, viz. the theoretically-based or combined tracks of vmbo, higher general secondary education (havo) or pre-university education (vwo). With more than 24 percent, this happens more often to pupils from high-income families.
Proportionally, children without siblings and children from one-parent families in vmbo-k slightly more often came from a higher level of secondary education (23 percent).
Vmbo-k pupils in 2007/’08 initially attending a higher form of education, first-form pupils 2004/’05