According to savings measures proposed by the majority in Reykjavík City, 12 out of 30 playschools that will be merged with other schools are located in the Breidholt district. Parents are dissatisfied with these measures.
From Breidholt. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The Independence Party associations in Breidholt held an open meeting on educational issues on Monday evening. In a resolution made by attendees, the City Council is urged to drop the merger ideas as they are based on ill-founded prerequisites, Morgunbladid reports.
Parents of elementary school and playschool students said they are surprised that Breidholt is taking such a big hit in the merger plans and demand an explanation. They criticize that the plans weren’t discussed with them while in the making and doubt that they are financially beneficial.
“I know there are many opportunities for rationalization but when the basic foundations of society are jeopardized with such weak argumentation we are bound to object,” commented Ásbjörn Kristinsson, the parent of a child in the playschool Sudurborg.
In related news, Reykjavík City’s Playschool Division has terminated contracts on the accommodation of children who will be moved between playschools in the capital region as of June 1, Fréttabladid reports.
“In the past years many more children whose legal residence is in Reykjavík’s neighboring municipalities have attended playschools in Reykjavík than children who live in Reykjavík have attended playschools in the capital’s neighboring municipalities,” Kristín Egilsdóttir, financial director of Reykjavík’s Playschool Division, wrote in a letter to the capital’s neighboring municipalities.
There are 33 children from outside Reykjavík as compared to 15 children whose legal residence is in the capital.
Egilsdóttir explained that the tariff for these children is so low that Reykjavík is in fact subsidizing their playschool accommodation. “That is unacceptable, especially under these current conditions when painful measures have to be taken to rationalize operations.”
It is estimated that these measures will result in annual savings of ISK 7 million (USD 60,000, EUR 43,000).