Since the start of school in August 2017, has a junior high school student in the municipality of Vadstena had an extensive absence. In February criticized the schools Inspectorate, the school at several points, including that the president have not investigated the reason for the child not go to school at all, but also that the school has not identified the student's need for support.
back and using for the first time, the sharpest tool that a principal can make use of according to the education act – which is to go in with the injunction on penalty of a fine. The municipality has now applied to the Court to impose a fine of 5,000 crowns a week per parent.
the Municipality itself would not comment on the individual case, but says that it is a very unusual action that they take now.
In a survey as DN has done, has the country's 290 municipalities had to answer if, during the period 2016 to date has addressed viteshot against the parents which are considered to fail to get their children to go to school.
municipalities who have responded have at least 46 municipalities responded that they have exercised leverage, several have done it on several occasions. The survey also shows that the number of decisions on periodic penalty payments has increased from 12 to 29 in three years.
so Far this year, municipalities have investigated 12 vitesärenden. It is, however, very few that leads to the imposition of periodic penalty payments, according to the municipalities.
DN:s review also shows that the penalty amounts vary greatly from case to case.
threatened two parents of a fine of 1,000 kronor and 500 kronor per day. In Växjö have you decided this year if the amount of 1.250 per week. In the past, the amount has been 10,000 sek per commenced calendar month. Other municipalities, basing the amount on the parents ' income, but it should be noticeable.
Several municipalities are writing to penalties in many cases gives good results.
My experience is that these parents are struggling just to get the kids to school.
Erica Andrén, head of school in Säffle, has now the care of three cases in which she recommends the board of education to direct financial penalty against the guardian.
recently given Säffle municipality is correct when it is opposed to the caregiver's request to teach the child in the home in another country because the absence of exceptional reasons.
– All the cases where we have gone in with the fine, there have been children who are registered in the municipality but abroad. Because they are registered they must follow the american compulsory school attendance, " Erica says Andrén.
But when it comes to cases where students are in the municipality but nonetheless are not going to school acting dean of the school different from the guardians.
" No, usually not. My experience is that these parents are struggling just to get the kids to school. Then shall we not submit with a penalty. This we do only when we see that the guardian do not care or are not trying or working together, " Erica says Andrén.
at Uppsala university, do not believe that the financial penalty is the right way to go.
" the Penalties might work on any%, but I have a hard time to see that it would be a workable solution. If you have a child who is absent for a long time so my experience is that parents are struggling hard to get their children to school. They feel inadequate, they go down in working hours, they cry and they strive and they keep on year after year, " says Martin Karlberg.
He believes that these children and their parents need the support of the school, but also of child - and youth psychiatry, child psychiatry, and social services. Martin Karlberg think it is ”preposterous” and ”shameful” to municipalities threatens with the penalty.
" these students want to go to school and to their parents. Tell the children that these parents want to avoid the penalty and bring the student to a school that is not well-suited to the pupil's needs – how will the students react then? It will be a complete desperate student.
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