Every fifth primary school teacher does not have a teaching qualification

More and more primary school teachers do not have a teaching qualification.

Last year, it was approximately one in five who did not have a teacher’s qualification, according to a new analysis from the Norwegian Labor Confederation (AE).

The proportion without a teacher training background has increased from 10 per cent in 2012 to 19 per cent last year.

This is a worrying development, says chairman of the Danish Teachers’ Association Gordon Ørskov Madsen.

– We see more and more teachers without teacher training in primary schools. The majority of them are temporary workers or others who have at most a matriculation exam in their luggage.

– It is very worrying and unsustainable, because we know that the teacher is the key to ensuring both the well-being and the students’ benefit from the teaching, says Gordon Ørskov Madsen in a press release.

The analysis shows that it is increasingly teachers with a secondary education as the highest completed education who are responsible for the teaching.

There is a large difference from municipality to municipality in the proportion of teachers without a teacher’s training.

In several municipalities in Zealand, it is around one in three teachers who do not have teacher training.

This applies, among other things, in Albertslund, Halsnæs, Odsherred, Gribskov and Frederikssund.

At the opposite end, you find Silkeborg, Hjørring and Aalborg, where five to seven percent of teachers do not have a teacher’s degree.

If you want to have more qualified teachers at the blackboards, according to the teachers’ chairman, it is all about improving the teachers’ working conditions.

– When we ask teachers who have left primary school what made them throw in the towel, they typically answer that the environment makes it impossible to be the teacher you want to be.

– If we are to succeed in attracting and retaining the trained teachers, it requires more time and greater profit, and it is basically about investments in the primary school, says Gordon Ørskov Madsen.

The analysis from the Labor Movement’s Business Council includes municipal primary schools and special schools.

Only employment of at least 20 hours per month is included in the analysis.


Source: Kristeligt Dagblad – Latest articles. by www.kristeligt-dagblad.dk.

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