Sweden to educate new teachers - in Arabic

Sweden to educate new teachers - in Arabic
Immigrants who want to study to be a teacher in Sweden now have a new advantage to obtain a teacher certification and to enter the teacher profession - a quick education in which the requirement to master the Swedish language is to be abolished.

- This way those who are fastest may go through the education in a year, says Education Minister, Gustav Fridolin.

No, this is no joke. Already in April, the new quick education will be in place for migrants who want to work as teachers in Sweden. They will take the rapid course in a year, instead of the four and a half years of training which is normal for Swedish students.

Today it is required to master the Swedish language to even be admitted to the education to become a teacher in Sweden. But that is something that Education Minister Gustav Fridolin believes is unnecessary.

- Today, we have a system where the Swedish language is required to start the education. Then there are teachers with good knowledge, but who for obvious reasons can not speak Swedish, and thus will never become teachers, he says to the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

The course is aimed primarily at Arab immigrants who previously have worked as teachers in the war-torn country of Syria, a country which Fridolin insists has a high international standard of its education system.

The National Union of Teachers, however, is not as optimistic as the Minister.

Vice President, Anders Almgren, fears that the new quick-training will increase the workload of the country's teachers when all the Arabs will become teacher apprentices.

- At all levels there are attempts to reduce the workload, but now it will be an additional burden, he said to SvD.

According to Helene Hellmark, who is Minister of Higher Education and Research, the new fast lane does not mean lower requirements for immigrants to obtain teaching certifications.

It's the Swedish way of integration...

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