“We see how teachers are forced to check students’ behaviour and are interrupted by nonsense questions in the classrooms,” said Per Ingvar de la Motte, inspector from the Lund Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) to daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).
Forgetful students having to retrieve their books from their lockers in the middle of class also disturb the other children
“Others just start talking or start putting their things away before the class is over,” de la Motte told the paper.
Dagens Nyheter has looked at answers to a survey taken by tens of thousands of Swedish children, at the behest of the local authorities in the municipalities where they live.
In Stockholm and Malmö, some 50 percent of 14-year-olds said that they never find the peace and quiet needed to work during school hours.
Some 50 percent of Malmö students of the ages 12, 14 and 15 said that they never, seldom or sometimes have the peace and quiet that they need in school.
In Stockholm, 46 percent of 14-year-old students (year 8) said that they could work undisturbed during class, and 63 percent of 11-year-olds (year 5).
A separate study carried out by the Schools Inspectorate on 435 of Sweden’s schools earlier in the year showed that the problem isn’t just a big city phenomenon.
When asked to rate the statement: “During class other students disturb the peace of the classroom”, 54 percent of all 11-year-olds (year 5) fully or partly agreed. Among the 15-year-olds (year 9) the corresponding figure was 57 percent.