Police Academy to accept "folk high school" degrees again

The National Police Board has decided that degrees from so-called folk high schools (folkhögskolor) will meet their admission standards, after all, report Swedish Radio News.

This spring, the police board changed the rules for admissions, leaving about a hundred people who had degrees from folk high schools and had hoped to apply, ineligible.

Their reasoning had been that folk high schools do not hand out grades but instead simply state whether a student passed or failed. The police board said without letter grades, they can not compare the degrees with other institutions.

But now, after pressure from various folk high schools and the Swedish National Council of Adult Education, the police board has found a way around this to accommodate applicants from folk high schools, using the help of the Swedish Council for Higher Education. However, the change will not go into effect before May 2015.

Folk high schools are a type of adult education in Sweden where students can either complete their secondary studies and earn the equivalent of a high school degree or continue their education with speciality courses or vocational training.

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