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Shortage of kindergarten teachers

More than 100 teaching posts are still unmanned at Reykjavík’s kindergartens. This means that around 200 children could be without a place at a kindergarten next winter.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

Staff shortages at the kindergarten level have been severe in the last few years. Thorbjörg Helga Vigfúsdóttir, chairman of Reykjavík’s kindergarten committee, told RÚV that the city authorities are doing all they can to solve the problem. She claims that the root of the problem is kindergarten teachers’ low salaries.

Vigfúsdóttir emphasized the importance of getting educated teachers to work at the kindergartens and therefore has requested a meeting with Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Minister of Education, to discuss how to attract more people to study early childhood education.

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