Education minister clamps down on high school repeats

Swedish high school students will no longer be able to take courses at municipal adult education programmes (Komvux) in order to improve their grades, according to a new schools bill to be presented on Monday.

Dissatisfied students have previously been able to retake courses where they received poor grades to increase their chances of being accepted to university. The government is of the opinion that as a result, individuals without education, who are in greater need of access to adult education, have been excluded.

According to the new proposal, only people who have not received a passing grade (godkänt) will be able to retake their courses.

“I think it is a waste of society’s resources that those who have already completed and passed high school-level education should be able to take the exact same course again,” education minister Jan Björklund told Sveriges Television’s news programme Rapport.

Many municipalities have already removed the possibility to take educational courses to improve grades. However, applicants have the right to an exam and can follow the course on their own and then retake the test. However, retaking an exam does not grant students the right to study allowances.

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