Seventy percent of students feel unmotivated by their teachers: report

The Swedish Schools Inspectorate has leveled harsh criticism against municipalities and the people behind privately-run schools, today in a report analyzing the results of five years' worth of work to inspect almost all the schools in the country.

The results did not come as a total surprise, given a series of reports that have been published in recent years indicating that Swedish schools are not performing as well as they could be, reports news agency TT.

The report today is based on inspections and interviews the authority has conducted at some 6,000 schools, as well as surveys of some 400,000 students, school personnel and parents.

In the report, nine out of ten municipalities are criticized for their work to plan, follow up and develop school activities. Seven out of ten students feel unmotivated by their teachers' lessons.

"The most serious thing is that so many students leave high school without the possibility to go on to upper secondary school," says Education Minister Gustav Fridolin, of the Green Party, to TT. "This gives us some explanation as to why this is."

Responsibility for the Swedish education system lies mainly with the local municipalities, but Fridolin does not go so far as to say that schools should be run by central government, something which has been discussed, but he does want central government to take more responsibility by collaborating at the local level with principals and the people in the local authorities who are charge of the schools.

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