Most teachers against state control of schools

A vast majority of elementary school teachers are indifferent to the question of whether the Swedish state should take control of the nation's schools back from the districts. This information comes from a survey conducted by the Swedish Teacher's Union and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions.

On the other hand, news agency TT reports that another large teacher's union, the National Union of Teachers in Sweden, is in favor of the state authority, as they feel it would lead to more uniform education across the country. Chairperson Metta Fjelkner says that localisation has been "a dangerous experiment".

"The most important thing now is to carry out a study of the consequences of the enormous decentralization that the localisation has meant," she says.

But according to the survey of 800 teachers, only one percent thought that state control was important. And Eva-Lis Sirén, the chair of the union that carried out the survey, says the change would lead to a gigantic and costly reform where neither students or teachers would win.

Sirén tells TT that she wants both the state and the districts to begin to take more responsibility for education and that the two should stop blaming each other for shortcomings in the system.