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Summer school programs slashed in Sweden

Published lördag 6 juli 2013 kl 11.15
Summer school at Brunnaskolan in Botkyrka, Teacher Manuel Gaarcias and students Kristina Altas and Alejandro Ramirez, Photo: Sophia Nilsson/Sveriges Radio.

The newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports that following the withdrawal of state subsidies, the number of Swedish municipalities offering summer school has been cut by almost two-thirds.

A report from the Swedish Parliament’s Research Service, requested by the opposition Social Democrats, indicates that in 2010, 232 of Sweden’s 290 municipalities had summer school programs, aimed at helping students make up work they had difficulty with during the regular school terms. This year only 80 municipalities offer summer school for ninth graders.

According to Dagens Nyheter every year some 12,000 students finish the ninth grade lacking all the courses they need to go on to high school. For many of them, summer school has been their only path forward.

The number of municipalities with summer school programs for high school students is down to just 51.

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