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The uneasy social divide in Sweden set to expand as fewer foreign born attend high school

Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Fewer foreign-born students living in Sweden are finding it hard to find their feet in with the Swedish school system. As such the gap between the Swedish-born and the foreign born in school has increased strongly according to recent data developed by the Swedish National Agency for education for the Swedish daily, Dagens Nyheter.

The report show that nearly four in ten children who come from another country received very  bad grades in class nine such that it becomes so hard for them to progress to high school.  In eight years, the percentage of foreign-born among the unauthorized persons living in the country increased from 24 to 37 percent.

For several years, until 2006, about 25 percent of the foreign-born children were having it hard to progress to national programs in secondary schools. Now it looks like the situation had exploded with lots of children from immigrants background falling behind compared to Swedish students. The question asked now is what has happened.

The proportion of those falling back rose sharply in which last year, 2010, the proportion had grown to 37.43 percent.

Speaking to the Swedish daily, Agneta Ericsson, the National Supervisory Project Manager for the examination of language and skills development of students with mother tongue other than Swedish said “The change is sharp and clear.”

The reason may be that Sweden currently has a large immigration from other parts of the world than ever before and that the proportion of parents and children who had no proper schooling has increased. This gives the children a tougher position when it comes to support at home in relation to their school work.

Another explanation for the collapse is that the students who have immigrated in recent years are older when they come to Sweden and have not had many years to achieve the academic goals.

“Local authorities are responsible and must themselves seek support and assistance of experts if they can not handle the situation,” says Agneta Ericsson. Also the schools have not focused enough on developing skills and techniques that support the new groups. Schools are accused of working like “one size fit all.”

A third reason may be that more schools in the country have an environment where fewer and fewer of the students speak Swedish and that it affects the language and knowledge development. Not only school though, many immigrants live in isolated areas where only immigrants live and now Swede is seen. So the question is “how would they develop their language kills if they cannot speak in native speaker?”

Many parents, both native and of foreign origin, choose active schools where the Swedish language predominates. The inability of the interaction between Swedish and immigrants would means that improving their language which is the means tool to learn complex subject is not possible as such they’ll fall behind.
By Scancomark.se Team

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