Agency warns of teacher surplus

Sweden is training thousands more teachers than are needed, according to the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, which is calling for the number of university places to be slashed as soon as possible.

Next year will see 2,500 more teachers graduate for upper secondary school (gymnasiet) and years 4-9 in lower secondary school (grundskola) than are required, reported Dagens Nyheter.

On current trends, there will be a 250% surplus of teachers in the year 2020, wrote the National Agency for Higher Education in a report which is being presented on Monday. The school world has long complained of a shortage and the government has responded with sizeable investment in teacher training courses at Swedish universities. But, says the report, this has led to quality failings.

At primary schools, however, there is a continued shortage of teachers, while secondary schools are still lacking vocational teachers.

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