Unnecessary extra school year

Business, labour and local political leaders are calling on parliament to limit the number of young people taking a tenth year of primary school before deciding what type of secondary education to pursue.

Currently, students may take an optional tenth year after completing primary school, and many use it as a year to take extra classes.

But Dansk Industri, Dansk Metal and the local government association KL now all say that the tenth year should be reserved only for those students who will be unable to complete secondary education without extra help, and that instead of a single year it should be expanded to two if necessary.

The education minister, Christine Antorini (Socialdemokraterne), said some changes might be appropriate, but that she was against scrapping the system that allowed students time to “learn about life”. 


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