Time To get Tough

School Discipline Crack Down

In a response to what he calls major disciplinary problems in Swedish schools, Jan Björklund, the new schools minister, says teachers will soon be authorized to give detentions to pupils and order suspensions if necessary.

The proposal, to be presented in the education act in the spring of 2008, would also enable teachers to dismiss pupils from the classroom.

Under current laws, pupils can’t be put in detention or expelled.

The school minister also wants to legislate so that teachers can confiscate mobile phones and mp3 players for up to one week.

”This will be the most comprehensive legislative change in ten years, which is why it will take some time to prepare,” the minister told TT.

”We have major disciplinary problems in Swedish schools. I want to see respect for Swedish teachers.”

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