In an attempt to make fewer pupils drop out from high school, Minister for Education Jan Björklund proposes to introduce shorter programs aimed at a specific profession and without theoretical courses.
Around 30 % of those who started high school in 2006 either jumped off or failed important courses which prevents then for applying for university. Björklund therefore suggest that it is better if those who are not interested in theoretical studies, or are tired of going to school, gets an education that prepares them for a specific profession than being totally without any education. It would be possible to upgrade later in life with theoretical courses if one wants. (this is possible already for those who jumps off or fails courses at high school).
Critics say that theoretical knowledge and subjects such as mathematics and English are necessary for almost all professions today.
The Social Democratic spoke person for education, Mikael Damberg, said to public service radio station Sr:
-"There is a big risk, if this proposal is passed, that we educate people right in to unemployment. People who lack a proper high school education is often stuck in unemployment. I believe we have to invest in the school system to help and support those who have problems and actually give them a proper education so that they can get a job and prospect for the future. " (Stockholm News' translation from Swedish)
Jan Björklund said to Sr:
“I believe it is an advantage if pupils attend the three year theoretical programs but for those who do not have the motivation and jump off, it is better that we offer this model. (Stockholm News' translation)