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Low Interest in Advanced Cources

Published tisdag 2 juni 2009 kl 12.45

A third of the new more advanced courses in Upper Secondary School, sometimes called "elite" courses, are still waiting to be filled, since not enough students have applied for them.

The courses received a lot of publicity earlier this year, when upper secondary schools from all over the country found out which of them had been successful in their application to run more advanced courses in subjects such as maths, science, history and political science.

The courses are new in that the schools are allowed to select the students by special tests, and the students will be taking courses at University along side their normal studies. The Education minister hailed them as a way to get rid of what he calls social democratic thinking in the education system, and by that meaning a tendency to try to stop anyone from thinking they are any better than anyone else.

In the end, 10 schools were given the go ahead to run the more advanced courses. But Swedish Radio can now reveal that only 207 students have applied for the 300 places.

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