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Chinese students cheated over college fees

Several Chinese students have paid the equivalent of 20,000 to 30,000 kronor ($3,300 to $5,000) to agencies in China to attend the University of Gävle, despite the fact that the education is free of charge.

According to the Arbertarbladet newspaper, last winter a Chinese woman learned she would be admitted to a master’s program at the university, irrespective of entrance requirements, if she paid 33,000 yuan (currently equivalent to 28,600 kronor) to a Beijing-based agency.

The university had earlier referred to the agency on its website, but the link is no longer there.

The newspaper claims that Chinese students rarely receive any information about the money they pay goes and almost never receive a receipt.

When the paper on Monday checked with two agencies in China mentioned on the university’s website, it was told that the agencies’ services would cost about 35,000 yuan (about 30,000 kronor).

The agency explained that the money is used to cover costs associated with acquiring a visa, arranging housing in Gävle, transportation from Arlanda to Gävle and other items which the University of Gävle offers free of charge.

One of the agencies contacted by Arbetarbladet told the paper that the Swedish university received a portion of the income, something the school’s leadership denies.

University of Gävle head Leif Svensson told the paper that the school plans to look into the matter and carry out its own investigation.

“If this is true then we’ve been deceived and kept in the dark,” he said to Arbetarbladet.

HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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