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The future of Swedish education quality compromised due to teachers shortages
Friday, 13 July 2012
Concerns about the quality of education in Sweden increases as the
number of vacant teaching positions in Sweden also increases.
According to reports from the Swedish teacher's union, teachers are
becoming fewer and they describe the situation as getting even worse.
"I see the situation as very serious. We face a national teacher
crisis. We see many vacancies, and we see few applicants to teacher
education programs, so the situation is serious," says Ann-Charlotte
Eriksson, Senior Vice President of the Teachers Union to Swedish
There are now nearly 30,000 vacant teaching posts in Sweden, an
increase of three percent as compared to last year. There are counties
where the increase is much greater. for instance In Västmanland County,
the increase is 33 percent, in Södermanland County, the increase is 16
percent and in the Stockholm county, ten percent.
The shortage of teachers is due to retirements where older teacher are
leaving the profession. Another but serious reason is that many are
loosing interest in teacher education programs where moral to take up
the profession has been described as extremely low.
Then, there are also many who are just tired of the teaching profession
- its demands, criticism and increasing requirements for the job.
Today, more teachers leave the profession for careers in other fields.
The Teachers Union is now worried that students would not get the education they are entitled.
"We can no longer collaterally guarantee the quality of education for
pupils. Students have a right to a quality school and we can no longer
cope," says Ann-Charlotte Eriksson.
by Scancomark.se Team
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