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Schoolteachers ‘defenceless’ against violent students. Norway’s teachers are falling victim to violence from pupils because of limited powers, reports say. “I hear of about teachers who get chairs, stones and books thrown at them by students, or who are being hit or kicked. Violence perpetrated by students against teachers has certainly not decreased in recent years,” Knut Myhrer, teachers’ safety delegate in Oslo’s schools, tells Aftenposten. Two teachers were tried last year after being involved with physical fights with disruptive pupils. They were acquitted following testimony they acted in self-defence.

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Schoolteachers ‘defenceless’ against violent students

Published on Monday, 16th January, 2012 at 21:10 under the news category, by John Price   .

Norway’s teachers are falling victim to violence from pupils because of limited powers, reports say.

School lockers (illustration photo)
School lockers (illustration photo)
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“I hear of about teachers who get chairs, stones and books thrown at them by students, or who are being hit or kicked. Violence perpetrated by students against teachers has certainly not decreased in recent years,” Knut Myhrer, teachers’ safety delegate in Oslo’s schools, tells Aftenposten.

Two teachers were tried last year after being involved with physical fights with disruptive pupils. They were acquitted following testimony they acted in self-defence.

This measure is only one of the few they can use to stop themselves or other pupils being attacked by violent students, says Mr Myhrer.

“Teachers cannot restrain or lay a finger on students according legislation, except in cases where they can prove it was in self-defence. They have no options allowing them to respond to a pupil that acts threateningly.”

He also asserts today’s teachers also have to tackle more of a complex, wider, and varied mixture of psychological and social issues as well as cultural backgrounds than their predecessors. This, combined with fewer treatment options, brings increased challenges.

“A teacher has to report students he/she sees has problems to the principal or Educational Psychology Service. Nonetheless, this doesn’t help because the weaker system means it is teachers who are ultimately given the daily responsibility for them.”

Whilst Deputy Minister of Education and Research Elisabet Dahl is concerned educators do not feel safe at work, declaring school management must tackle the problem, Knut Myhrer explains it has to do with respect for teachers.

“This has been slowly eroded over the past 30-40 years. It’s partly to do with overall societal developments, but the rules have become inverted in favour of the students. Student violence against a teacher without consequences was completely unthinkable back then,” he concludes.



Published on Monday, 16th January, 2012 at 21:10 under the news category, by John Price   .

This post has the following tags: norwayschoolviolence, violentpupilsnorway, limitedschoolteacherpowers.





  
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