Oslo teachers say they don’t receive necessary help when students act out

ClassroomPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

Four out of ten Oslo teachers say that classes at their own school do not receive the necessary help when students act out.

Between 2015 and 2019, there has been a fivefold increase in reported incidents of violence and threats against employees at Oslo schools. 

Some of it may be due to better reporting. But violence and threats in school have been increasing over time, newspaper Aftenposten writes.

According to a survey from the Education Association in Oslo, many teachers know of classes at their school that have students that act out. More than 40% state that they do not receive the necessary help.

Main issue

“The biggest problem is that those who sit at the top talk about prevention also when it comes to acute situations,” Jorunn Folkvord in the Education Association noted.

She believes that preventive work is fine.

“But when brooms and chairs fly through the room, a teacher must be helped to handle the situation there and then.”

Maria Tandberg, section manager for HSE and emergency preparedness in the Education Agency, told Aftenposten that the agency works to ensure that the teachers learn how to handle difficult situations. Separate programs are also being developed to support this work.

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