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Swedes don’t want to be teachers anymore due to dangerous school environments

Apr 16, 2018 by

Sweden has growing difficulties in recruiting teachers due to a lack of respect and safety at its schools. Many teachers witness harassments, violence and teenagers that threaten and sexually abuse fellow pupils and teachers.

Swedish schools are now planning on reinforcing security measures in schools due to the aggravated situation. There are a growing number of violent conflicts, often involving knives and other kinds of weapons.

Last year, a 17- year old Afghani refugee was stabbed to death by another 17-year old Afghani pupil in a school in south of Stockholm.

But many serious incidents never reach mainstream media. Even schools that have previously been more or less calm are now ridden by severe problems, often connected to groups of different ethnicities and problems involving “honour”.

Principals are often trying to cover up those problems, trying to pretend everything is under control. But reports leak out and the picture is not pretty. The Swedish authorities are desperately trying to straighten up the situation. Predictions for the future are that there will be a huge shortage of qualified personnel in Swedish schools.

The numbers mentioned by Swedish government are as high as shortage of 60,000 teachers for the coming years. One of the reasons is that fewer people are interested in working as teachers is the dangerous situation in schools as described above.

Among others, also the problems with poor knowledge of the Swedish language are rising. One of the solutions to find staff is to give a quick education to foreigners according to a new programme, ULV – education for foreign teachers.

This education corresponds to two years of education and requirement is to be proficient in speaking Swedish. The problem now is that those foreigners who are applying in fact don’t have sufficient knowledge of Swedish – which could even more chaotic situations in classrooms when those teachers cannot communicate with the pupils they are supposed to lead.

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