The new system will be reviewed after two years. Photo: Ingvar Karmhed/Scanpix

Deal reached on new school grades

After weeks of political wrangling in the parliament's education committee Swedish schools are to get a new system for grading students' work.

The Social Democrats have made a compromise with the centre-right Alliance and the results are being presented today.

The most common system for grades in Swedish schools has been simply 'pass', 'fail' and also 'good pass' and 'very good pass'. Now the government wants to bring in a system based on grades A to F, similar to the one that Sweden had until the 1960s.

According to news agency TT the Social Democrats have agreed with the Alliance government that there needs to be specific knowledge requirements only when pupils are awarded grade A, C or E, something that the other opposition parties are against.

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