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education proposal

Immigrants must study longer, says government

Published tisdag 8 maj 2012 kl 18.55

Students who have recently arrived in Sweden should be required to stay in the school system longer by law than other pupils, suggests the government in reaction to recent reports about increased segregation.

Swedish legislation stipulates that children must attend school between the ages of seven and 15, which is when most students go onto high school.

For immigrant children, the government now wants to make sure they stay in school until age 18.

The recommendation published Tuesday also proposes that schools should be allowed to focus more effort on Swedish language classes if it is required.

Ten percent of pupils in Sweden are foreign born. They have spent less time in the Swedish education system nowadays than they had a decade ago.

In 2001, the children graduating junior high school at age 15 had been educated here for an average period of six years. Today, that number has fallen to four and a half years.

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