Swedish schools still classified below the OECD average especially for the disadvantaged in society


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Saturday, 18 June 2011
Sometimes some types of low grade news come out of Sweden that one wonders ‘why this country always compare better than others when foundation tools such as education are always classed poorer and poorer every day.’

Not long ago the organisation, Economic Cooperation Organization, OECD determined that the Swedish pupils where not as well educated as those of other countries such as Finland, Hong Kong, China and the likes. This was reflected in their performance on the PISA test which the OECD children of certain ages (15years) write.  Sweden there after tried to shake up the poor results by claiming that maybe the OECD approach was not good but still identified the fact that Swedish schools were loosing some of the great factors that made Swedish education the  great talk about in the 1990s.

Now, anther news has emerged that the Swedish schools compared with international standings are poor on supporting students with socially disadvantaged backgrounds. However, Finland is one of the top countries, according to latest follow-up review carried out by the organisation to see how the country was coping and improving on school failings.


According to the Pisa test, 15-year-olds participate in moderated tests for that age across the OECD member countries. After the last result which show that Swedish pupils of the age performed poorly, a further study has investigated the extent to which students were improving. Children who come from poorer home or from lower cases in the society and minority groups in Sweden tend to perform poorer compared to similar children in other participating countries.

Of the participating OECD countries that are highly ranked Korea, Finland and Japan was the best. Well below average is Sweden, with Norway just after Denmark.

The Agency has previously indicated that Swedish schools have become less equal - that is, all students are not given the same opportunity to succeed. Therefore, the OECD analysis and results should not be surprising, as officials at the National Education Agency would identify.

This result once more show how Sweden has become more polarised since the bourgeoisies government came to power in 2004 and how Sweden is very resistant to integration and diversity. The Swedes have created barriers and social boundaries in which in Swedish both immigrants –looking people and poorer Swedes are not allowed to cross. The government seem to do very little to try and break those boundaries.
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