Proposals aimed to help newcomers finish high school
The Swedish Schools Inspectorate report focused on how to get more young people to finish secondary schooling was officially presented to the government today.
In Sweden, virtually all teenagers start their high school educations but only 70 percent end up earning their diplomas. The numbers are even worse for newcomers. A report by The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) for 2016 found that less than one percent of teenage immigrants to Sweden complete high school in three years or less and less than seven percent earn their diploma within four years.
Helén Ängmo from the Swedish Schools Inspectorate spoke with Radio Sweden regarding some of today's proposals that aim to help newcomers in secondary education.
“We have a large group that has come to Sweden recently…In the preparatory programs must have more variation and allow for the proper amount of time to be given to pupils. These programs need a lot of support.”
Ängmo said that secondary education standards must remain high so all students have the opportunity to enter into the job market or continue on in their schooling.
Minister of Upper Secondary and Adult Education Anna Ekström also said it is important to look at newcomers as individuals and that not all of them are coming from the same background or education level.
“The newcomers are a very diverse group,” she said. “We need to be individually targeted in our efforts to make sure that the newcomers can get a very good start in Swedish society, working life, and education system.”
Ekström told Radio Sweden that the way to accomplish this is to hire more teachers, and in order to do this teaching needs to be seen as a desirable profession.
The report also includes proposals for more cohesive school days with fewer free periods, mentors for all students, more accessible vocational programs, and changes to the grading system.