Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Danish Teachers are (still) locked out!

The ‘LockOut’ of Danish Teachers continues…three weeks with no school! (Haven’t heard about it? Get up to speed with Time for School…but no teachers allowed! and LockOut of Danish Teachers…Child’s Play? )

At first we thought – selvfølgelig – that the LockOut would never happen – it was all just fighting talk. Then, it happened – and we thought it would blow over after a couple of days. We’ve now had three whole weeks of it - will it ever end?!

I chummed my daughter over to school the other day. She had one lesson in Maths, from 10.35 till 11.20 (her Maths teacher is a civil servant, one of the hallowed few allowed in to teach during the dispute). I have to say that it was all very eerie – the playground was a ghosttown and the numerous ‘fight-for-a-space’ bike parks were now empty!

Room for plenty more!
Room for plenty more!

But why all the coloured pennants? Did I miss a memo, was there a spring fête?

Teachers LockOut continues
Teachers LockOut continues

On each pennant there’s the name of a child name and their class. 680 pennants. That’s one for each of the 680 students that go to our school. With banners saying “Vi savner Jer ♥ ” (We miss you ♥). A hand-made greeting for the students from their teachers. Teachers who still aren’t allowed in, for the third week running.

Vi savner Jer - We miss you
Vi savner Jer - We miss you

So, will this LockOut ever end? Well, rumour has it that the LockOut will be over next week. Because we’re fast approaching the first of May – International Workers’ Day - a day held high, and celebrated, by many Danes – not least our current socialist Danish Government. A continuation of the LockOut would be terrible publicity. But, for me, all bets are off. Just like the Danish summer, I’ll believe it when I see it! ;)

Have a fantastic school-free Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Diane :)

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