National shortage in Swedish language classes

Every fifth municipality in Sweden is still struggling to provide public services to new arrivals, with the state-financed language programme Swedish for Immigrants (SFI) lessons particularly affected due to a lack in teachers and spaces in which to hold lessons, SVT reports. Just over six per cent of municipalities asked for a nationwide survey described the situation as “critical”.

Schools Inspectorate: Major shortcomings at SFI

Furthermore, in Mundus Weekly we reported that a recent review by the Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) has found a that Swedish for Immigrants (SFI), has a number of shortcomings and areas where education needs to be improved. One of the main shortcomings found was that adult students receive the same standardised teaching despite different backgrounds in education and work. The review also found that some of those taking the classes lost motivation due to the content of the lessons and that there was  a shortage of competent and college educated teachers in SFI.

Rebecca Forsman is a writer and a contributor to Mundus International. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Exeter (UK) and a first-degree MSc in International Development from the University of Bristol (UK). During her MSc she specialised in security studies with a focus on the EU. Rebecca’s previous professional experiences include undertaking a traineeship at the Swedish representation to the United Nations in Vienna. She also has experience working as a communications consultant in Stockholm.