Lotta Edholm, Sweden’s schools minister, highlighted that the country’s free schools were beginning to lower the country’s education standards, while inflating students’ grades.
Swedish Education Minister Lotta Edholm declared the free education system a “failure.” After these statements, and in an interview with the Guardian newspaper, Edholm promised the largest renovation in 30 years.
to freecolor The Swedish schools, private schools run on public money, received applause from the international community, especially from former British education secretary Michael Gove, who used them as a model for hundreds of new free schools in the UK.
However, despite this international acclaim, recent years have seen a decline in Swedish educational standards, increasing inequality and growing discontent among teachers and parents, giving greater focus and political momentum to change in the education system.
In June, a report by the Swedish Teachers’ Union warned of the negative consequences of becoming one of the most commercialized school systems in the world. In light of this report, the union called for for-profit schools to be phased out and any profits made during the process reinvested in their businesses.
Swedish Minister Lotta Edholm opened an investigation into the issue of reforming the education system. The minister asserts that “it will not be possible to obtain profits at the expense of good education.”
The largest gains were recorded in secondary schools, GymnasieskolaAccording to the minister, “it is easier to make profits because of poor quality.”
There are thousands of schools in Sweden freeschooler, Which translates as “independent schools”, but is also known as “free schools”. According to data from The Guardian, about 15% of all primary school students and 30% of secondary school students attend free schools.
The minister accuses some schools of inflating students’ grades, as teachers reward students with higher grades. This is a particular problem in free schools with a low proportion of qualified teachers and in schools run as joint stock companies.
“Free schools tend to give higher grades than municipal schools. This runs the risk that municipal schools will start doing the same thing, which is a bad thing.”
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