Foreign Students At Disadvantage
New figures released by the Swedish National Agency for Education reveal that foreign-born children are still less likely than children born in Sweden to succeed in school. They also show that there are large differences depending on where the children came from. The study showed that after completing secondary school, only 25 percent of Somali-born students are ready for senior high school, compared to 82 percent of Finnish-born students.
However, in an interview with Svenska Dagbladet today, the ethnologist René León Rosales cautioned that numbers alone cannot account for certain vital factors affecting a child's success.
"If you have a situation," said Rosales, "where none of the students have Swedish as a mother tongue, where many of the parents hold unsteady positions in the job market, where a large group of students have parents who are unfamiliar with the education system, that is probably not an environment conducive to high school grades."