In Sweden, there's growing concern over the vanishing act of "invisible staff" in schools. These temporary employees, including teacher assistants and student assistants, are pivotal in ensuring equitable education, as mandated by the Education Act. However, their temporary status often results in their departures going unnoticed in official employment statistics.
Critics argue that these cutbacks are impacting schools, leading to issues like combined classes, reduced availability of substitute teachers, increased workloads for teachers, and even the closure of special education groups. While trade unions are attempting to track these disappearances, the lack of official statistics on the matter makes it challenging to gauge the full extent of the problem.