“All of Iceland could suffer if education is cut”

The president of the Association of Teachers in Iceland says that it would be dangerous for the entire nation if schools are subjected to further cut-backs. He described as sad the president of the Association of Local Authorities’ recommendation to close the country’s smallest schools in order to save money.

According to a new OECD report, Icelandic teachers earn 30 percent less than the OECD average – even though Iceland spends proportionately more than any other country on its schools.

The head of the local authorities’ association said recently that more savings need to be made in the school system – for example by merging elementary schools.

The teachers’ union counters that Iceland already gets good value from its education, simply by having more children in schools than other OECD countries. This is because of the large number of children born in the country in the last decade or so.