Norwegian teachers are demanding to be prioritized in the vaccination process

Guri MelbyPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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Norway’s teachers had to change their curricula when the government introduced new corona measures on Sunday night. Now they demand more respect and corona vaccines.

The new national shutdown that will be in place during the next two weeks means that large parts of the teaching in some schools will be done digitally. 

Many students will have to stay at home.

“This shows a great lack of respect for the work teachers put in to prepare in a difficult situation,” teacher and member of the National Association of Schools union in Trondheim told newspaper Klassekampen.

She calls for earlier notifications to a professional group that has repeatedly had to “change everything at short notice.”

In an email to the newspaper, Minister of Education Guri Melby (V) wrote that she does not expect the schools “to take care of everything with regard to the ‘red’ level in the first few days.”

Vaccination prioritization

She added that the government received recommendations from the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) on Saturday afternoon and acted as quickly as they could.

The National Association of Schools in Trondheim, the National Association of Schools in Western Norway, and the Education Association in Bergen are among those who are demanding that teachers be given priority in the vaccine queue.

“That would be wise. The teachers are asked to go to work and meet many students,” leader of the Education Association in Bergen Bente Ingeborg Myrtveit noted.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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