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Special support for students often comes with a catch, despite law

Published fredag 18 maj 2012 kl 18.24
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School principals often demand that students have a medical diagnosis, such as ADHD or dyslexia, before approving extra resources to provide special support for the child. A new survey by a periodical for teachers, Lärarnas Nyheter, reveals that a quarter of primary school teachers in Sweden have found this to be the case.

But according to new legislation on education, neither principals nor districts have the right to demand a medical diagnosis before approving special support. Rather, any student who is in danger of failing one or more subjects has the right to the support he or she needs.

The chair of the Board of Appeal for Education, Anders Heiborn, stresses that there is no basis for having a diagnosis in order to get support, reports Swedish Radio news.

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