The Swedish government decided earlier this year to expand the law school by 25 hours in grade 9. The Moderates had as an election promise before the parliamentary election to introduce an obligation for the municipalities to offer law school already in primary school.
But when just over 2,000 teachers, in a report from the National Teachers’ Union and the Lärarförbundet, get to give their view on the matter, almost half of them think it’s a bad idea.
“It’s so stupid to think that a few weeks of extra schooling can compensate for years of non-existent support, teacher shortages and scarce resources,” says Johanna Jaara Åstrand, future president of the new Swedish Teachers’ Union, in a press release.
Lovskola means, as the name suggests, extra teaching under leave. It can be voluntary or compulsory and is aimed at students in years 8 and 9 who are at risk of not achieving upper secondary school qualification.
According to the interviewed teachers, there is a risk of “kind” grading that does not prepare students for upper secondary school. Almost four out of ten teachers also state that they are dissatisfied with the compensation linked to the law school.
According to the Swedish National Agency for Education’s statistics for the school year 2021/2022, there is a lack of 22,500 qualified primary school teachers.
“The state must take responsibility for an equivalent, high-quality education, not patch and fix a broken system. We demand strong investments in regular education instead,” says Johanna Jaara Åstrand.
On January 1, 2023, the Teachers’ Union and the Swedish National Teachers’ Union will merge and form the new union Sweden’s Teachers.