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No improvement for under-performing schools

Swedish school book. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/Scanpix.

Many Swedish schools with poor results are failing to get better, reports Swedish Radio's Kaliber programme.

"When we've gone back to a couple of municipalities which have been sharply criticised four to five years ago, we see that nothing has happened. They've not got better, they have even got worse", says Ann-Marie Begler, general director of the Swedish School Inspectorate.

Of the 70 municipalities that the Inspectorate looked at last year, 44 per cent had not done anything about problems that had earlier been noticed. Nothing had happened for several years, since the original criticism from the Swedish education agency Skolverket. The most common problem was that the municipality had not kept an eye on pupils' results.

Birgit Olsson Johansson is a councillor in Örnsköldsvik, an area that was criticised in 2007, and then again last year, for not improving its school results. She says that change takes time, as they have 2,000 people employed in the education sector.

Ann-Marie Begler at the Inspectorate says that the municipalities have responsibilities by law, and that if changes are not made, the Inspectorate can fine the municipality.

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