Extensive changes to Iceland’s education system were announced today in a press release by Minister of Education and Childrens’ Affairs Ásmundur Einar Daðason. In order to strengthen schools across the nation, a new general framework on education is to be established, replacing the Directorate of Education.
The new framework is part of the government’s outline for an education policy to the year 2030, which seeks to re-organise several offices in order to better assure quality and access to education for children from kindergarten to secondary school.
In the press release, Ásmundur stated: “There is no comprehensive legislation on school services for nursery, primary and secondary schools and no central organization with a defined role to implement and coordinate these services. Access to services varies, both between and within school levels and municipalities, which leads to inequality. We need to coordinate the systems to ensure a comprehensive, effective, and quality service such as when students move between schools or move between school levels. We also need greater consultation with school staff and support for school work, allowing for faster and more efficient resources for children and young people. Everything we do should be aimed at their success.”
A new organisation will take over the responsibilities of the Directorate of Education. During the transition period, the responsibilities of the Directorate will be placed directly under the Ministry of Education and Childrens’ Affairs.
Þórdís Jóna Sigurðardóttir is the recently-appointed director of the Directorate of Education and will continue in her leadership role at the new organisation, which is yet to be named.