The Government has submitted several proposals intended to enable more students to commence and complete secondary education. The Riksdag voted in favour of all of the proposals except for one concerning whether some students are to be exempted from certain eligibility requirements for preparatory programmes at upper-secondary school for higher education.
This exemption applied to students coming from introductory programmes, that is, a preparatory course for students who are not eligible for the national programmes at upper-secondary school.
The following are some of the proposals approved by the Riksdag:
- Each student at upper-secondary school is to have a mentor who monitors the student's knowledge acquisition and study situation. The mentor is to draw attention to any support needed by their student.
- Head teachers are to be given clearer responsibility to investigate repeated or long-term absence.
- Support offered at compulsory school and upper-secondary school in the form of extra adjustments as well as special support are to be provided based on the student's education as a whole.
- Students on introduction programmes are to be entitled to a guaranteed number of minimum teaching hours.
- The knowledge of newly arrived immigrant students is to be assessed upon acceptance to the language introduction programme.
Some of the amendments will come into force on 1 July 2018, while others will come into force on 1 July 2019.