National Union of Teachers Favour Extra Year at School

The National Union of Teachers has welcomed the government’s plans to add an extra year to the Swedish nine-year compulsory school system.

An additional tenth year would become compulsory for pupils who do not achieve minimum grades in Maths, English and Swedish. Up until now, these students entered a so-called “individual program” to improve their standards in upper secondary education, but the plan is to abolish this program.

Speaking to Swedish Radio, the Union’s chairwoman, Metta Fjelkner welcomed the reform and said that the early nine-year compulsory school system for children aged 7-16 must take more responsibility for teaching reading and writing skills.

However, the Social Democrats’ education spokeswoman Marie Granlund has criticised plans for an extra tenth year, and would prefer a foundation year at secondary school instead.