Students with other background than Swedish are more likely to leave middle school without qualifications to go on to high school compared to students with Swedish background. .Photo: Karin Hellzén/Sveriges Radio

Schools fail students with foreign backgrounds

There are serious flaws in several schools when it comes to teaching children who don't have Swedish as a first language, according to a new report from the Swedish School Inspectorate.

When the agency randomly surveyed 21 primary and middle schools and 21 preschools they found that the majority failed to give the children adequate education in Swedish as a second language.

Marie-Helene Ahnborg, at the School Inspectorate, told Swedish Radio News that the schools main problem seems to be to make sure that each student gets the education he or she needs.

Not all children with Swedish as a second language need the same amount of support and education and the school are required to base the education on individual needs, she said.

About one fifth of all students in Swedish primary schools are either born abroad themselves or have parents who are born outside of Sweden.

These children usually find school more difficult and every forth student with foreign background left the primary school system without qualifications to continue to high school. This can be compared to every tenth student with a Swedish background.

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