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Green Party hopes to lure Swedish youth back to school

Green Party hopes to lure Swedish youth back to school

Published: 03 Jul 2011 10:44 GMT+02:00
Updated: 03 Jul 2011 10:44 GMT+02:00

One in four Swedes leave their teenage years behind without completing high school (gymnasium). This is costing society six billion kronor ($957 million) per year, according to the Greens, scheduled to be first to take the podium at the political week in Almedalen on Sunday.

"Despite society having invested so much in education, one in four lack a high school diploma when they turn twenty," write Green Party spokespeople Åsa Romson and Gustav Fridolin in an opinion piece for daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Sunday.

According to Romson and Fridolin, this means that 13,000 people every year are "never given an honest chance to gain employment and independence."

It also results in societal costs of up to six billion annually, according to the party's calculations.

Much of this sum goes to income support, but also to cover health care costs and benefits, as well as potential rehabilitation costs.

Because of this, the Green Party wants to facilitate a return to school for those lacking a complete high school diploma, by increasing the number of seats in municipal adult education programmes (Komvux) by 2,000 and adding an extra 3,000 spots in the country's colleges.

In a bid to reduce the drop-out rate from Swedish high schools, they suggest individual study plans should be prevalent.

The Green Party also suggest that unemployed youth lacking a high school diploma receive one year's financial aid, without demand for repayment, if they return to finish their education.

"The support should be directed to those with the greatest need, and serve as an extra push over that threshold," write Romson and Fridolin.

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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11:48 July 3, 2011 by kenny8076
I am trying to understand how 13,000 high school dropouts cost the country 6,000,000,000 annually. That is 461,538 SEK per student per year..... am i missing something?
12:36 July 3, 2011 by McChatter
According to Romson and Fridolin, this means that 13,000 people every year are "never given an honest chance to gain employment and independence."

Why weren't they given an honest chance? Why didn't they complete their high school education? Are the demands on them too high? Where do Hansel and Gretel get their facts from?
13:19 July 3, 2011 by voiceofreason
Why does secular Sweden expects such high moral standards from its politicians. I think it is hypocrisy.

There is no room for morality in secularism, individual whims and desires is superior to social code.
17:00 July 3, 2011 by Iraniboy
They really mention the real problems of Sweden and the world rather than populistic propagandas.
18:09 July 3, 2011 by Carbarrister
The Green Party also suggest that unemployed youth lacking a high school diploma receive one year's financial aid, without demand for repayment, if they return to finish their education

Let us just eliminate the one year financial aid and just give them a diploma. Then they can join the ranks of unsmployed youth with a high school diploma
21:39 July 3, 2011 by MarkinBoston
One in four? Are we talking about immigrants here? Here in Massachusetts, 82% of public school students graduate in four years. That excludes private schools, which have much higher graduation rates, and includes many immigrants whose parents speak another language.
06:11 July 4, 2011 by 420
I think these proposals are sound. The Greens really are turning out to be the problem-solving party of the 21st Century in Sweden whilst the other parties are in decline despite repeated attempts at "renewal".
08:30 July 4, 2011 by prince T
This is worrying development for the future. Thi shoul be a capaign topic for next election.
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