Vocational training flops after government reform
The government's initiative to promote vocational training programmes in high school has led to less students enrolling those programmes, despite the high chance of securing a job after graduation.
Some programmes have been shut down due to a lack of interest after the government scrapped the requirement to make students in vocational training eligible for university studies.
"Many are unsure of what they will do later in life and want to eligible for further studies," says Mikael Larsson, a high school principal in the town of Flen.
Education Minister Jan Björklund said the government will investigate why there is low interest in the vocational programme for healthcare, pointing out that the technical and economic vocational programmes were less of a "cause for concern."