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call by Sweden's most respected newspaper

"Boost teacher salaries by SEK 10,000 a month"

Peter Wolodarski

The newspaper Dagens Nyheter is calling for an increase in teachers’ salaries by SEK 10,000 a month. In a signed editorial, Editor-in-Chief Peter Wolodarski points to the newspaper’s recent coverage of education in Sweden.

He takes up the government’s new rules that he says mean that many experienced and respected teachers can no longer instruct because they lack formal credentials. He also takes up the teaching training colleges where those credentials are granted, where a survey revealed that subpar applicants can qualify by merely guessing on their admissions tests.

Wolodarski writes that as the status of teaching in Sweden has declined, since 1945 their salaries have lagged behind those of factory workers by 50 percent.

Besides a government-funded boost in salaries, which would attract more of the best and the brightest to the profession, Dagens Nyheter’s Editor-in-Chief calls for less interference by politicians and officials in the schools, and agreement over party lines to end constant changes in grading and curriculum.

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