Migrant crisis to blame for falling standards in Swedish schools, say officials
The increase of foreign-born children in Swedish schools has played a part in the country’s overall decline in educational achievement and test scores in recent years, officials report. The number of teenagers who failed to qualify for upper secondary school in Sweden increased from ten per cent in 2006 to more than 14 per cent in 2015. A report by the Swedish Education Agency released on Monday concluded that 85 per cent of the increase was explained by immigrant students unable to catch up with Swedes of the same age.
‘We already know that immigrant students on average have lower performance in school,’ said Education Agency Director Anna Ekstrom. ‘We need more teachers, teachers in their native language, interpreters, etc. in a situation already marked by the shortage.‘