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Thousands Sign Petition against School Mergers

katrin-jakobsdottir_radherrAlmost 4,000 people have signed a petition urging Reykjavík City Council to drop its plans of merging playschools, elementary schools and after-school centers in the city. Minister of Education Katrín Jakobsdóttir (pictured) will discuss the matter with Mayor Jón Gnarr today.

Jakobsdóttir said on the news on RÚV yesterday that it is a matter of concern how much opposition the planned mergers have encountered, adding it is important that such significant changes are conducted in consultation with all parties involved, ruv.is reports.

The majority coalition in Reykjavík City Council has called for reviews from school and parent councils, interest associations and the Ministry of Education on the cutback proposals, asking that they be handed in before Friday.

The petition was launched on the website born.is yesterday and signatures will continue to be collected for three days. The website declares:

“I challenge the City Council of Reykjavík to abandon the proposed plan for mergers and changes in pre-schools, elementary schools and after-school centers. In my opinion these proposals are based on ill-conceived, flimsy and badly rationalized conclusions.

I do not oppose budget cuts and adjustments that have been brought about with the direct input from parents, staff and managers of the institutions in question. It has to be proven and well reasoned that the proposed changes will save money and that an effort will be made to uphold standards and ensure a satisfactory outcome. The proposed plan does not guarantee that these goals will be achieved.”

Click here to read more about these plans.

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