More Money Needed for Less Well-off Pupils

Swedish local councils should be spending more of their education budget on pupils with special needs, according to the Swedish National Agency for Education. They say that the money should be raised through cutbacks in wealthier areas.

The rules governing the education system in Sweden state that all pupils should have the same rights to reach the goals set in the curriculum, and the Education Agency says that means some need more money, and some need less, but that local councils aren’t doing what they can to redistribute funds to the poorer kids.

But the Association of Local Councils doesn’t agree, their chairman, Håkan Sörman, says that it’s not just about the money and who gets what, attention should also be paid to how the money is spent and what skills the teachers have.