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Budget Saving

1,000 Teachers to be Fired in Sweden

Published onsdag 11 mars 2009 kl 11.16

Adding to the growing number of redundancies in an economically-troubled Sweden, local governments here have given 1,000 teachers notice.

Responding to a survey carried out by the Swedish federation of teachers, a third of the local governments say they’re planning to fire teachers - arguing that smaller number of students makes this possible.

The federation charges that the politicians are using cut backs in the schools to cover budget deficits - which will result in poor education despite promises to improve conditions in the schools.

The situation is probably even worse since a 4th of the local governments have not answered the survey.

Elsewhere on the economic scene, news reports claim more people are signing up for higher education studies because of the increasing redundancies.

Also, despite the sluggish economy in this Nordic nation, construction costs and electricity costs are dwindling.

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