Government officials at the report press conference.
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School Commission: Make teaching a more desirable career

Commission head: These ideas are very achievable.
6:18 min

As Education Minister Gustav Fridolin received the report from the National School Commission, he was clutching a copy of the last such report – from 1948, which helped to shape Sweden’s social democratic education system.

On Thursday, Radio Sweden asked Fridolin whether he thought this report would be as significant.

"It will mean a lot," he said. "We have such a strong voice from the profession and the researchers and that's a really clear message to all politicians."

Fridolin, the Green Party co-spokesperson, said Sweden's schools were still suffering from cuts imposed during the economic crises that hit Sweden in the 1990s and in 2007.

The Commission's chairman, Jan-Eric Gustafsson, said that he hoped that some of the proposals could be put into place quickly.

"Hopefully within a couple of years this will be flying," he said. "This is, in principle, very achievable."

Gustafsson said the most important part are measures to establish a new professional development programme for teachers, which would give them continuing education opportunities and pay rises throughout their careers.

He downplayed the significance of a proposal to switch from a queuing system to a lottery system for the most popular schools.

"I don't think it will achieve much. That's not a central part of our proposals. Far from it," Gustafsson said.

The report will now go out for consultation with teachers, schools, and other stakeholders.


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