Over 200 pupils to stay at home in Kiruna today due to teacher shortage

Sweden’s northernmost town of Kiruna, situated in Norrbotten County, is pictured on August 25, 2021. Some classrooms in the town will gape empty today. (Getty Images/Jonathan Nackstrand)
  • 220 pupils aged between 10-12 at the Nya Raketskolan school in Kiruna in the north of Sweden will stay at home from today Friday, due to a staff shortage.
  • The teachers’ union says that the well-being of the teachers is at risk and therefore have demanded that they stop working.
  • Viktoria Björklund, schools’ head in Kiruna municipality says that recruiting staff for schools in Kiruna is tough.
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For more on the staff shortage in Kiruna’s schools listen to Radio Sweden’s full report.

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