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Sweden set for stricter teacher credentials

TT/Charlotte Webb · 24 Sep 2009, 07:03

Published: 24 Sep 2009 07:03 GMT+02:00

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In spring of next year, Swedish Minister for Education Jan Björklund intends to introduce a new policy placing stricter demands on teacher qualifications.

The policy will prevent unqualified teachers from attaining full-time positions in Swedish schools.

"It's wrong to hire unqualified teachers full-time and I want to put a stop to it, with certain exceptions for teachers in particular occupational subjects," he told TT.

According to Björklund, teacher training will not be specifically required by the new policy and other forms of university education will likely be deemed sufficient.

“The new law will state who is qualified and who isn't,” said Björklund.

The Minister also made it clear that he does not intend to put a total stop to the presence of non-credentialed teachers in schools.

“There will still be a possibility to solve temporary problems in which an adult is required to teach a class. Problems occur when such a solution becomes permanent. There are far too many unqualified full-time teachers today,” he said.

Starting November 15th, Swedish teachers will also have the opportunity to study abroad on 80 percent pay.

“The state and the communes will share in the costs,” Björklund wrote in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

Björklund attended an EU ministers' meeting in Gothenburg on Wednesday, where he and his European colleagues discussed how to raise the status of the teaching profession and how to draw more young students into teacher education programs.

Many EU countries are currently suffering similar shortages in the availability of qualified teachers, particularly given the large number of projected retirements next year.

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Björklund aims to improve opportunities for teacher exchange within Europe and hopes that the EU commission will take the initiatives required to enable teachers to work and study in other European countries.

In Sweden, the government intends to change the rules of the so-called “boost for teachers”, investing in continued education so that teachers have the opportunity to broaden their skills through overseas study.

“The state is set to cover around 70 percent of the costs, and the municipality about 30 percent,” wrote Björklund.

TT/Charlotte Webb (news@thelocal.se)

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13:01 September 24, 2009 by Beynch
,,,and the first order of business should be that they speak unaccented Swedish.
16:12 September 24, 2009 by Lisaann
What exactly is "Unaccented" Swedish! when there are soooo many different Swedish accents anyway. The Swedish language is complicated, because of so many dialects, slangs, etc. Again its sad and ignorant how so many of these posts turn into racsism. Its just better to stick with the topic and give constructive comments. Now about the topic. I agree with the Education Minister. When we put unqualified teachers into the class rooms, what signal is that sending, and how effective can it be. Although I believe that there are people out there, who may have a natural affinity to teaching, or giftedness, but to be a teacher you should have Qualified Teacher Status. Also, do they do any back ground check on these UT, I think not, you could be getting pedophiles into schools and not know, and then there are those vikariat positions in Sweden, where anyone, including your grandmother can just fill in and teach. I would like to suggest to the Education Minister, that they utilize students who are already enrolled in University to do substitute teaching, as part of their curriculum, this is in addition to their internship. At least, we know we are getting up and coming teachers into the system. As for training, a great idea, as many teachers are struggling to make ends meet with the meager salaries they are paid, at least now, if they have further ambitions to increase their knowledge and keep up to date, this new policy will give them the much needed motivation and encouragement they need. Genuine, loyal and hard working Teachers are Heros, and should be looked at as professionals...funny how they teach the students, and those same students graduate and make double sometimes triple a teachers salary...hmmmm something is definitely wrong with that. The same for Police Officers, Nurses, Firemen, the salaries should be attractive for all of the aforementioned. Spread peace and Love!
18:18 September 24, 2009 by Puffin
Have no idea what un-accented Swedish is - but you do need gymnasiet Svenska B in order to get foreign credentials approved
01:51 October 1, 2009 by mieoux
My guess would be that unaccented Swedish might be like the one newscasters speak. In English speaking countries there are many accents as well, and many of them are considered undesireable even if they are native to the country. Generally the desired accents are acquired by growing up in wealthy and exclusive neighborhoods and going to exclusive and expensive private schools - but you are also pretty safe if you go with the accents of nationally broadcast newscasters. In the US there are schools to help you get rid of your hick country accent and get a brand spanking new neutral one. Perhaps there are such "accent-killer" schools in Sweden, I would definitely attend one. You know what I guess the best thing to do is to look up the per capita income of all the towns, pick the one with the highest and go live there for a couple of years and soak up that accent - "money-ed" accents tend to be desirable. Personally I'll look for the school since I would not afford to live in that high per capita income town.
23:08 October 3, 2009 by DamnImmigrant
Yes! Only the approved Stockholm dialect should be mandated for teaching!!!!

And when teaching English, only North American dialect and spelling should be Taught!!!
06:15 October 5, 2009 by SGJamie
HAHA!!! They want to send teachers to other countries to get educations??? WHAT???? How is that going to work when they all come back to Sweden and the government says that their "foreign" education is not good enough to use here in Sweden? Heck they won't accept my American university education for anything, how do they expect to accept it for others? I have a teaching degree from a university in Ohio and it means absolutely nothing here. If these teachers go abroad to study they might actually learn methods of discipline in which consequences are used to correct bad behavior and OH MY GOD WE CAN'T HAVE THAT IN SWEDEN.... NO NO NO we do not have consequences here. They might want to rethink on that sending teachers abroad thing. They might pick up on "foreign" methods to deliver a lesson. OH NO!!!

Also, what is up with them saying there are a lack of teachers in Sweden. It is so hard to get a job now for teachers on the west coast that many are forced to get jobs in other fields. That is total garbage if they think that there is a shortage of teachers..... maybe a shortage of teachers with the special magic paper that says "Behörighet."
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