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Björklund flip flops on national exam grading

Published fredag 7 juni 2013 kl 13.50
Sweden's education minister Jan Björklund. Photo: Maja Suslin/Scanpix

Education Minister Jan Björklund has said that teachers may not have to grade national exams in the future, after the Swedish Teachers' Union criticized the initiative on Swedish Radio Friday morning.

Björklund said the national exams are here to stay but he added that the work to correct the exams should be centralized in the future.

Union representatives told Swedish Radio News that teachers had been "brought to their knees" by the heavy work burden and claimed that grading national exams is taking away time from teaching.

The Union suggested that exams should be graded digitally and that exams in some subjects should be optional.

However, Björklund said the government will not limit the number of national exams.

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