Denmark -Teacher lock-out as dispute over hours flares -May 02, 2013

Teachers from state schools throughout the country were locked out in a dispute over hours spent teaching. The government and employers have said teachers need to spend more hours teaching, leaving fewer hours for preparations. Teachers unions have demanded a 25 hour cap on teaching and condemned the government intervention in the negotiations as going against the Nordic model. The government, in turn, have defended the need to prolong the school day in order to improve children’s performance. Protesting the lock-out, teachers have formed a 35 kilometre line between two cities. It is expected that the government will intervene to put an end to the school lockout that has stretched to four weeks.



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