’We just don’t have enough teachers and we can’t afford to hire more,’ Thörnkvist said. To solve the problem the school board has decided to let first-grade pupils stay home on Fridays.
The teachers’ union has criticized the plan. Union president Metta Fjelkner said the school would be violating the law that prescribed a five-day school week. By depriving the students of parts of their education the school would make the children pay for the municipality’s economic problems, Fjelkner said.