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Schools in Sweden Fail to Help Pupils Falling Behind

Published onsdag 7 januari 2009 kl 11.19

Swedish school inspectors claim that 8 out of 10 school elementary youngsters in this Nordic nation are not getting the proper check-ups to see what kind of assistance they need in later education.

The same is true for about half of the secondary school youngsters.

The inspectors argue that without these checks, it’s impossible to know which pupils need extra classes or teaching assistance - and that without this, those youngsters now falling behind will be even worse off in the future.

The inspectors also conclude that half the schools fail to provide real goals in different subjects, that the pupils lack influence in the school situation and that proper check ups are not being implemented.

The inspectors are calling for a real effort from school authorities to improve the situation.

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