Sweden’s schools are failing students and teachers, a report released today by the Swedish School Board says.
Sweden’s education system is in crisis.
The school board, which is made up of schools and local councils, says the number of students taking the European entrance exams has fallen by a quarter since 2000, while the number who pass the national exam has risen by almost half.
The report found that the number taking the entrance exams is falling, but the percentage of pupils who are successful at passing is increasing.
The result is that the proportion of pupils in Sweden who are not taking the national entrance exams fell by 4.7 per cent between 2008 and 2020, while that percentage rose by 4 per cent over the same period.
Sweden, a country of just 11.5 million people, is a net exporter of foreign students, and has been trying to address the crisis with a raft of measures, including higher spending on teachers’ salaries, better testing and a plan to close all private schools.
But the report found the Swedish school system has failed to deliver the reforms that it says are needed to deliver a more secure and inclusive education system.
It also found that pupils in public schools were failing to achieve the same level of achievement as their peers in private schools, and that pupils with a disability were failing the national exams.
This means the Swedish schools system has become increasingly dysfunctional, the report said.
According to the report, the school board had identified five areas of improvement for the Swedish system: strengthening the quality of teaching, increasing the proportion and quality of assessment by teachers and pupils, developing a comprehensive assessment system, improving the use of technology and supporting students with disabilities.
The board said it was also working on a national approach to teacher qualifications and had identified a plan for developing a national test of teachers.
Swedish schools are facing a similar crisis in Finland.
The Finnish Education Minister, Elina Tuomioja, has promised to bring about “a Swedish-style system” by 2020.
But a report published last year by the OECD found that in the past decade Finland has seen a 40 per cent increase in teacher turnover.
Last year, the country’s education ministry said that the country had a shortage of teachers, with one in five teachers either leaving the profession or being laid off.
But today’s report found teachers in Finland were struggling to meet the demand for teachers.
In Sweden, the number in teaching and education has declined by a fifth in the last 10 years.
But in the United States, the figure is much lower, falling by two-thirds between 2000 and 2020.
In the United Kingdom, the proportion in education has fallen from about 14 per cent to less than one in three, according to the government’s National Survey of Education and Skills.
More:The OECD report said there was also a lack of funding for teachers, and an increasing number of pupils and teachers with disabilities were not being provided with support.
“It’s an issue that is largely overlooked, but it’s an urgent problem,” said Kjell Lohse, professor of education at the University of Exeter.
“If we can’t help people who are struggling with teaching and learning, then it is not going to make a big difference.”
The report said the main reason for the decline was the growing reliance on technology and internet-based learning, as well as an increase in the number and quality “of examinations” by teachers.