Updated: Norwegian school bullying crackdown could get tough / News / The Foreigner

Updated: Norwegian school bullying crackdown could get tough. The Children’s Ombudsman proposes imposing punitive sanctions in the war on school bullying. Deputy Ombudsman Knut Haanes tells The Foreigner there has been little or no decline in bullying at school in the past 10 years. “We are calling for stronger measures, such as fining schools or councils, even firing principals if nothing is done,” he says.

bullying, norwegianschools, childombudsman, knuthaanes, educationact,



The Foreigner Logo

The Foreigner is an online publication for English speakers living or who have an interest in Norway. Whether it’s a glimpse of news or entertainment you’re after, there’s no need to leave your linguistic armchair. You don’t need to cry over the demise of the English pages of Aftenposten.no, The Foreigner is here!

Norske nyheter på engelsk fra Norge. The Foreigner er en engelskspråklig internett avis for de som bor eller som er interessert i Norge.

Google+ Google+ Twitter Facebook RSS RSS



News Article

LATEST:

}

Updated: Norwegian school bullying crackdown could get tough

Published on Monday, 14th February, 2011 at 09:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 14th February 2011 at 19:22.

The Children’s Ombudsman proposes imposing punitive sanctions in the war on school bullying.

School playground (illustration photo)
School playground (illustration photo)
Photo: SriMesh/Wikimedia Commons


Deputy Ombudsman Knut Haanes tells The Foreigner there has been little or no decline in bullying at school in the past 10 years.

“We are calling for stronger measures, such as fining schools or councils, even firing principals if nothing is done,” he says.

Approximately 13 percent of boys and 9 percent of girls are bullied in Norwegian schools.

Norway’s Education Act of 1998 gives all pupils the right to a safe environment where they feel they can belong. Schools are obliged to deal with the problems if something happens.

“If any school employee learns or suspects that a pupil is being subjected to offensive language or acts such as bullying, discrimination, violence or racism, he or she shall investigate the matter as soon as possible and notify the school leaders and, if necessary and possible, intervene directly,” states the 2002 amendment.

However, a new report shows the Act was broken 237 times. Mr Haanes says the time has come to go further, arguing current laws are outdated.

“We are talking about quality of leadership. Perhaps rectors need to be tenured for a short period and subjected to a quality check. I realise this may provoke a reaction from unions, but laws can be changed. We put education legislation ahead of employment law.”




Published on Monday, 14th February, 2011 at 09:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 14th February 2011 at 19:22.

This post has the following tags: bullying, norwegianschools, childombudsman, knuthaanes, educationact, .





  
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!