ROSENGÅRD. Scores of teachers in the schools at Rosengård are desperately looking for other jobs. They want to leave chaotic work situations, citing schools in a state of anarchy with frequent fire alarms and revolt. Meanwhile their highest-ranking chief is the recipient of the award for municipal manager of the year. The teachers wonder how to square this.
Skånskan (newspaper) has met three teachers employed at one of the schools in Rosengård. They don’t dare to reveal their names in the paper because they have already experienced their employer taking a dim view of disloyal employees. At the same time they can’t look the other way as their workplace turns to complete mayhem. They want someone to react; to do something about what they see as a serious crisis.
The problems started with the re-organisation of the schools in Rosengård. The idea was that that students’ results would be improved through an improved organisation known as “The School of The Future”. However, teachers feel that the result has been the exact opposite.
During the re-organisation, all teachers’ services were changed and the whole organisation was turned upside down. “The right man for the right position” was to be the order of the day. Headmasters working inside the school system had to re-apply for their own positions, and in that way the school administrations succeeded in rotating headmasters.
The teachers this newspaper (Skånskan) interviewed were handed a new principal and they are very critical towards the new leadership. They feel there is no direction and, above all, that the principal is not present. In the newly created organisation there are many meetings but the teachers see little of their principal. An absent principal would perhaps not be a big problem in a well-functioning school, but this is nott the case in these teachers’ school. In the school at Rosengård there are many pupils in great need of extra support and assistance in the learning environment, but they don’t receive it.
The environment is tough for teachers and students. Resources are scarce as regards personnel as well as teaching materials.
– Rosengård’s shools have been difficult work places for years, but until now we have always supported each other. The teachers’ recess room has always been a cosy place to retreat to, but now the situation is so serious that we can no longer manage to take care of one another. Even if we got a new chief who worked in the right way we wouldn’t have any strength left. We are worn out, one of the teachers said.
The teachers are now applying for new jobs but these are not easy to find. According to the teachers, most of their colleagues are in the same boat, given little hope of finding new jobs by the labour bureau. One of the teachers tells of six other colleagues, all of whom want to leave the schools at Rosengård.
Amid the massive re-organsiation which has contributed greatly to the chaos at the school, the teachers are told that Eva Ahlgren, mayor, district head of Rosengard, of Rosengård, has received an award. She has been elected municipal chief (manager) of the year, based on her “always working for the advancement of students. The vision Eva has initiated is both smart and efficient, which has led to positive changes in the administration.”
The teachers question the award and wonder who has nominated Ahlgren, because, as they say:
– We don’t recognise the reality in which this award winner seems to be working .