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Report: Loneliness prevalent in Swedish schools

Published onsdag 19 april kl 11.17
A young girl sitting by herself in a classroom.
One out of six students reported being bullied at school. Credit: Janerik Henriksson / TT

Some 20 percent of 15 year-olds feel lonely, and a similar number are unable to fit in at school, according to a PISA study published on Wednesday.

The report also found that one out of six Swedish 15 year-olds have been bullied at school.

These findings are part of a preliminary Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey that was conducted in 2015 and presented today.

Sweden, which has been performing poorly in purely academic international rankings, is one of the countries where the feeling of isolation among students has increased most rapidly, according to the Swedish National Agency for Education. 

Wednesday’s results are part of an exploratory study that surveyed 50 schools in Sweden. Results from a complete study, in which 200 schools will participate, will be released in late 2019.

The PISA surveys, carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), test students' performance and well-being in school from 80 countries around the world.

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