More than half of Norwegian teachers have considered looking for a new job due to corona

Pupils teacherPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

A total of 53% of Norwegian teachers have applied for or are considering work outside of school due to the corona pandemic, according to a new survey.

In a survey that Respons Analyze has carried out for the Utdanningsforbundet union, the vast majority of respondents answered that they feel overworked, exposed to infection, and underpaid for the extra work during the pandemic, newspaper VG writes.

More than half of the 1,202 teachers surveyed have applied for a job (11%) in the last two years or are considering submitting a job application (42%) for positions outside of school.

A total of 85% stated that they have worked much more (50%) or more (35%) than usual in the months following the school closure between March 12 last year and the summer holidays of 2020. 

Most respondents, six out of ten, stated that the specific physical infection control measures at school are the cause of the extra work.

No overtime pay

In addition, 92% of teachers in primary and secondary school answered that they had not been paid overtime at all. 

For teachers in upper secondary school, the figure amounted to 96%.

Minister of Education Guri Melby (V) told the newspaper that it is not sustainable to have teachers not being compensated for their extraordinary extra work. 

She noted that all municipalities and county municipalities had been clearly informed that corona-related school’s situation would last around a year and a half in total.

The multiple billions of kroner that have been allocated to municipalities and county municipalities should be spent on, among other things, overtime and temporary staff, Melby told the newspaper.

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

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