Experienced teachers who do not meet the government’s new competence requirements, will be allowed to continue to teach until 2025. The government has agreed to the Liberal party’s proposal to resolve the dispute.
We hope this can quieten things down. Now we will create a genuine transitional arrangement for the individual teacher, Liberal Iselin Nybø says to news agency NTB:
She had meetings with, among others, Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (H) on Friday night to find a solution before the education committee in Parliament will present its findings Tuesday.
Many experienced teachers do not have sufficient education to meet the demands which the Parliament adopted last year. Municipalities have been allowed to make certain exceptions to the scheme for experienced teachers, but it still has created uncertainty about who is allowed to continue in the job they have had in many years.
– Teachers have felt redundant, they have been afraid that schools will select a graduate rather than a person with a lot of work experience, Nybø says.
The individual teacher now has a deadline until 2025 to acquire the expertise that the government think they should get. Nybø hope more parties will join this agreement, although there is now a majority for the proposal.
Parliament decided last June to increase the demands of academic study for Norwegian teachers. The regulations require that primary teachers must have majored in mathematics, English and Norwegian.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today