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The report also calls for Sweden to provide more Swedish language training for immigrant children earlier on. Credit: Hossein Salmanzadeh / TT

How Sweden can close gap between immigrant and native students: OECD

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A report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development looked at how Sweden can close the learning gap between immigrant and native students.

The OECD report made several suggestions, one of which was to adjust Sweden's school choice policy by giving parents with a foreign background more information and support when it comes to picking a school.

The report also calls for Sweden to provide more Swedish language training for immigrant children earlier on - as well to attract and retain more teachers at disadvantaged schools.

Francesca Borgonovi, a senior policy analyst at the OECD, tells Swedish Radio News that the country needs to make sure kids with immigrant backgrounds don't all end up together in the same classrooms.

"The issue is how to make sure that there is diversity in classrooms, which simply reflects the diversity in Swedish society,"

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