Minister for Primary and Secondary Education and Media
Full name: Arie Slob
Place and date of birth: Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel, 16 November 1961
Place of residence: Zwolle
Civil status: married, four children
1974-1980: Secondary education, GSR, Rotterdam
1981-1982: Military service (Tilburg and Breda)
1982-1983: Foundation year studies (Evangelische Hogeschool for higher professional education, Amersfoort)
1983-1988: Secondary teaching certificates in history and social studies (Evangelische Hogeschool, Amersfoort and Hogeschool Holland, Diemen)
1989-1991: History, University of Groningen
Arie Slob taught history and social studies at Greijdanus College, Zwolle, from 1985 to 1996, and social studies at Guido de Brés School, Amersfoort, from 1986 to 1987. In 1996 he became an education consultant at the GPC school advisory service in Zwolle.
From 2001 to 2015 Arie Slob served as a member of parliament for the Christian Union party – apart from a short break in 2002, when he was director of LVGS (an umbrella organisation of Christian schools) and Concent (a school administration service). From 2007 to 2010 and from 2011 to 2015 he was parliamentary leader of the Christian Union party.
In 2016 Arie Slob became director of the Overijssel Historical Centre and the IJsselacademie in Zwolle.
On 26 October 2017 Arie Slob was appointed Minister for Primary and Secondary Education and Media in the third Rutte government.
Party political positions and outside activities
As a member of Zwolle municipal council from 1993 to 2001, Arie Slob represented the Calvinist Political Union (GPV) party, which merged with the Reformed Political Federation (RPF) in 2001 to form the Christian Union. He headed the GPV group on the council from 1994. He was party leader of the Christian Union from 2011 to 2015.