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Dutch Inspection of Swedish Schools

Published söndag 8 november 2009 kl 12.40

Dutch school inspectors have been called in by the Swedish Schools Inspectorate to inspect Swedish schools. But the Swedish teachers unions doubt that they will be able to judge Swedish schools, daily Dagens Nyheter writes.

The Dutch school inspectors will visit classrooms all over Sweden to look at how English is taught to children between 10 and 16 years old. They will start their inspection after the new year, but will first have to learn the Swedish School system.

According to Carina Abréu, head of department at the Swedish Schools Inspectorate in Gothenburg, they wanted to learn more about how other countries do their inspection. "we wanted to have a more practical exchange. The inspectors will be following the Swedish rules, but the Dutch are working with classroom observations in a different way, and their inspections are more research based," Abréu tells Dagens Nyheter.

But the chairperson of the National Teachers' Union, Eva-List Sirén, is sceptical. "I question how a Dutch company is going to be able to read up on Swedish schools. What qualifications have they got to judge Swedish schools and what is the result going to be used for?"

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