Budget approved for new grade system
The Swedish Parliament is inching closer to introducing formal grades in year four, against the new government's wishes, after a vote in the Education Committee on Monday.
By majority vote, the Education Committee agreed to set aside funds to prepare for the introduction of grades in year four, as well as conduct grades for years nine to twelve. The government will set aside SEK 10 million for the preparations and another SEK 20 million to improve the study environment in Swedish classrooms.
The centre-right alliance and the Sweden Democrats voted for the proposal while the red-green minority government voted against it. This means the formal allocation of funds that were already included in the centre-right's budget.
Regardless of the outcome of next year's snap elections, the idea is to introduce the new grades in 2016 at the earliest.