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Private kindergartens to stage protest. Half-day walkout on 19 May will close many around the country. According to the National Federation of Private Kindergartens’ (Privat barnehagers landsforbund), the quality of teaching in private kindergartens in Norway is at risk. The Federation has voted in favour of calling its members out, in protest at the government’s plan to change how much they can receive in public funding. Ruin At present, the cost is shared between the state and the councils, and private kindergartens have a legal right to receive the same amount as council-run ones.

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Private kindergartens to stage protest

Published on Sunday, 17th May, 2009 at 21:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 18th May 2009 at 12:14.

Half-day walkout on 19 May will close many around the country.

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Rows of pencils
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According to the National Federation of Private Kindergartens’ (Privat barnehagers landsforbund), the quality of teaching in private kindergartens in Norway is at risk. The Federation has voted in favour of calling its members out, in protest at the government’s plan to change how much they can receive in public funding.

Ruin

At present, the cost is shared between the state and the councils, and private kindergartens have a legal right to receive the same amount as council-run ones.

“It will be a catastrophe if this...is taken away. Our key economic basis will be removed entirely” Grete Aareskjold, the general manager of Kornberget kindergarten in Sola, told Solabladet.

Consequences

The Federation fears that other consequences will be that:

·     State funds that have been earmarked will disappear. This is the only predictable subsidy in today’s system.

·     The councils will take over all financing, and will freely be able to set the level of subsidy as they wish.

·     The right of appeal to the county authority will disappear, and the council will be the only place where these can be lodged.

·     No kindergarten places allocated after 1 January 2011 will be eligible for support.

·     All the minimum guarantees for public funding will be removed from the same date.

According to Aareskjold, this will affect the quality that they could offer, and may mean that they will be unable to offer places to everyone who has applied.

Higher fees

Today’s system also guarantees that no parent pays more than a certain amount monthly to send their child to kindergarten. If the kindergartens have to increase these to cover their shortfall, some may not be able to afford to send their child. This, in turn, could lengthen the waiting-list in the council-run kindergartens.

“Of course this is something we don’t wish to do” says Aareskjold.

The action will affect up to 300 kindergartens and 12,000 children in Rogaland alone, according to NRK.



Published on Sunday, 17th May, 2009 at 21:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 18th May 2009 at 12:14.

This post has the following tags: private, council, rogaland, kindergarten, protest, fee, government, norway.





  
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