Let students rate teachers: Centre Party

Let students rate teachers: Centre Party
Centre Party leader Maud Olofsson has proposed allowing Swedish students to rate their teachers in an effort to broaden the party's education policy. However, both students and teachers have already quashed the proposal.

Despite the resistance the proposal has encountered since it was first brought up more than two years ago, Olofsson has pressed on with pushing it forward.

Not a single student organisation was interested in the proposal when it was launched in 2008.

“I have never heard of it being something that students would be interested in,” Michael Grenefalk, chairman of the Swedish Student Central Council Organisation (Sveriges Elevråds Centralorganisation, SECO), said at the time.

Meanwhile, the teachers’ union has also dismissed the proposal, deeming it meddlesome.

In addition, the Centre Party’s coalition partner, the Liberal Party, which is responsible for education issues in the government, has given the proposal the thumbs down.

“To give students the responsibility of having an influence on teachers’ salaries is a strange idea. It places a great responsibility on each individual student,” said Christer Nylander, chairman of the Liberal Party’s education policy working group.

In the Centre Party’s congress resolution from 2009, there is no trace of the proposal. However, the Party has suggested that students should have the right to appeal grading decisions.

Olofsson wants the party to broaden itself and its focus on school policies is part of this plan.

She also proposed greater autonomy for schools, such as allowing an increase in the number of classes according to the students’ needs.

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