Teachers Face Violence at Work

Violence and harassment towards teachers are becoming an everyday occurrence in the corridors of Swedish schools, according the latest study from the National Union of Teachers.

The figures come in a debate article in Swedish newspaper, Dagens Nyheter. The investigation reveals that one in ten teachers are harassed at work while one in twenty are subject to violence and often on more than one occasion.

Nearly 1,500 teachers from across the education system took part in the study. Forty-five percent of them believe that violence and threatening behaviour has increased in Swedish schools with recent incidents including a pupil hitting a teacher with a tree branch.

However, very few incidents are reported to the police according to the author of the report the chairwoman for National Union of Teachers, Metta Fjelkner. She says the situation is ‘unacceptable’, adding that the same rules that apply out in the community must also apply for those that work in schools.

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