Many pupils in Norway feel insecure at school due to adults: “We have been worried for a long time”

Pupils - going to schoolPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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In 2019 and 2020, 230 pupils reported that they did not feel safe at school because an adult bothered them.

“We have been worried for a long time about children being abused by adults at school,” senior adviser Kjersti Botnan Larsen at the Norwegian Ombudsman for Children (Barneombudet) told Utdanningsnytt.

The website has reviewed the complaints to the county governors in 2019 and 2020 and has found 230 reports from students who do not feel safe at school because an adult harasses them.

Survey results

The county governor is tasked with investigating whether the schools have done what they are supposed to do. In over 90% of the cases, it was concluded that the school had not fulfilled its obligation to ensure that the pupil felt safe and well at school.

Violence and physical abuse are some of the issues that were reported most often, and boys reported such issues more often than girls. Girls reported that they felt the teacher didn’t like them.

Deputy leader Terje Skyvulstad in the Education Association thinks it’s painful to read the results of the survey.

“We want to create security, not insecurity,” Skyvulstad said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayEducation

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