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Mix student groups by law, says opposition

Published lördag 5 maj 2012 kl 10.23

The opposition party the Social Democrats want to make mixed pupil groups mandatory by law, says its leader Stefan Löfven after days of reports into an increased gap between the highest and lowest performing students across the country.

Gifted and ambitious students should be kept in all classes, Löfven says.

"Everyone should have access to a top grade school, that's one foundation of an equal society and what gives everyone a chance to succeed," he told attendees at the annual meeting of one of Sweden's teachers unions, Lärarnas riksförbund.

"We want legislation to be clearer in order to enable mixed groups of pupils, but how to do it in detail I think we should ask the schools about," he told Swedish Radio.

The Social Democrats also want to put reform in place to lure successful teachers to schools facing the biggest challenges.

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