Record enrollment for Swedish language classes

Record enrollment for Swedish language classes
Photo: Lars Pehrson/SvD (File)
A record number of students signed up in the school year 2008/2009 for courses in Swedish for Immigrants, according to new figures from the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket).

A total of 84,300 students grappled with the language at Swedish for Immigrants (Svenska för invandrare – SFI) classes in 2008/09, up 14 percent on the previous year’s tally and the highest number in SFI’s history.

Some 36,100 students experienced their first encounter with SFI during 08/09, the last school year for which figures are available.

The agency’s figures also reveal that 63 percent of those who started SFI in 2006/07 had finished their courses and achieved at least a passing grade by the end of 08/09.

Just over a quarter of students starting in 06/07 had broken off their studies, while 10 percent planned to continue having not yet completed the courses.

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