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Long Waiting Lists for Reykjavík After-School Programs

Currently, 1,700 schoolchildren in Reykjavík are waiting for a slot in an after-school program. Before the city council elections in 2006, the council’s leading parties, the Independence Party and the Progressive Party, aimed at improving the situation.

“These things have not been moving along quickly enough and we have to do better,” Mayor of Reykjavík Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir told Morgunbladid.

Their agenda included the slogan “less time shuttling the kids” meaning that if children were able to tend to their hobbies in facilities operated in cooperation with their school in their neighborhood after the end of a normal school day, their parents would not have to drive back and forth all day.

Kristjánsdóttir said manning the after-school program facilities is key to solving the waiting list problem, and that new ways need to be found to advertise for employees.

The mayor has called the manager of the city’s kindergarten division, educational division and department of sports and leisure to a meeting to discuss the situation early next week. “One solution could be […] increased sharing and cooperation,” she said.

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