The Gripsholmsskolan in Mariefred

Entire class will not be forced to redo fifth grade

The Swedish Schools Inspectorate is refusing to allow a school to force a class that just finished fifth grade to retake the entire year.

The reason the Gripsholmsskolan in Mariefred wants to take the drastic measure is not because the students failed in their coursework, but because the school failed to do its paperwork.

 A so-called “free school”, that is, a private school funded by the taxpayer, Gripsholmsskolan was five months late in filing its application to start classes in sixth grade and higher. As the parents wanted to keep their children in the school, the principal decided to just have the outgoing fifth graders retake the whole year.

The school inspectorate says the students can’t be punished that way, and they will all have to switch to another school. The municipal Mariefredsskolan has offered them all a spot in a sixth grade class there.

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