The Swedish government has allocated an extra 643 million Swedish kronor (€67m) to promote equality in schools, including research on improving education, in its 2017 spring budget.
Funding given to disadvantaged primary and secondary schools, and research on developing the school system, will increase from about kr2.87 billion to kr3.51bn in 2017, the government said in its updated 2017 budget published on 18 April. The aim is to increase equality between high and low-performing schools, it said.
The budget announcement coincides with the publication of a government-commissioned report on 20 April, which found “serious systemic weaknesses” in the Swedish school system. According to the report, there is inadequate capacity and accountability in schools, not enough funding, inadequate teaching skills among teachers and not enough professional development.