Inequality a problem in Swedish schools: UNICEF report

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A UNICEF report on equality in schools holds that Sweden is doing worse than its Nordic neighbours. (dolgachov/iStock)
A UNICEF report on equality in schools holds that Sweden is doing worse than its Nordic neighbours.

The survey of 41 rich countries in the EU and OECD looks at the connection between parents’ class background and school results, as well as other factors such as background and sex.

Sweden placed 25 out of 41.

“The result is unacceptable and serious, but unfortunately not surprising” says Christina Heilborn, head of programme at UNICEF Sweden, adding, “it’s been confirmed by several different reports, and now political action is needed.”

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Lack of teachers causes school year delays in Northern Canadian territory, CBC News

Finland: Finnish state should invest in services to keep rural areas populated: poll, Yle News

Russia: Norwegian-funded school in Northwest Russia inspires cooperation, The Independent Barents Observer

United States: ‘Every year it’s harder’: Hiring teachers gets increasingly difficult in rural Alaska, Alaska Dispatch News

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