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'Rosier is a man, and that's the most shocking news.' On the first school day, teacher Rosier jocularly introduces himself to the class, whose mentor he will be in the coming important examination year. His past is really something: grown up in children's homes and foster families, an alcoholic mother, a sister who died from an overdose. He speaks the language of his 'guppies' and 'chickies' and keeps the wild bunch in check reasonably well. The students contend with all sorts of behavioural and adaptation problems. One of them even ends up in a detention centre. Rosier gives his comments in voice-over; reflections on teaching at a VMBO school (lower secondary professional education). That is where his heart lies and where he is good at, but he is not qualified. Now that he has quit the secondary teacher training course, he has no prospect of it either, so a notice falls on the doormat.