Those studying to become math and science teachers could get up to 75,000 in a one-time bonus. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT.

Bonus proposed for math and science teachers

The government is prepared to reward graduates earning teaching degrees in math and science with a cash bonus, according to a new proposal by Education Minister Jan Björklund.

Writing in newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Björklund offered to pay a tax-free bonus of SEK 25,000 per subject to boost the dwindling number of math and science teachers.

"For many years the number of students who have applied to for teachers education degrees in mathematics, science and technology have been too few," Björklund wrote. "The trend must be reversed."

Not everyone welcomed the minister's proposal. President of the National Union of Teachers in Sweden, Bo Jansson, said the best course of action would be to raise the wages of teachers instead.

"This feels a bit like life-support, the most important thing is that the teaching profession is attractive with good conditions and higher pay," Jansson told news agency TT.

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