Failing Grades Block High School Admissions

The number of 16 year olds who have failed to qualify for a place in high school is at its highest rate for ten years.

Since the grading system has been toughened, growing numbers have failed to pass, making it harder for them to continue their studies.

With the autumn semester about to start, some 14,400, or more than eleven percent of Sweden’s 16 year olds, are not able to study at ordinary high schools. Students failing to pass mathematics, Swedish and English at 16 are unable to go to high school here.

The director of the National Education Agency, Per Thullberg, described the failure rate to the Swedish News agency TT, as ”serious”.

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