12 October 2010
Ministry of Education and Research
Major investments in education and research
The Budget Bill to be presented today contains major investments in education and research.
- The biggest investment ever in apprenticeship training: 30 000 apprenticeship places to be created in upper secondary school and 5 900 in adult education. A total of SEK 1.36 billion for 2011-2014.
- A teachers package with a continuation of the Boost for Teachers, stronger educational leadership, further education for unqualified teachers, enhanced skills for SFI (Swedish for Immigrants) teachers and the introduction of research schools. A total of SEK 1.3 billion for 2011-2014.
- Evaluation of pupils' knowledge, including earlier grades and more national tests. A total of SEK 664 million for 2011-2014.
- Support for pupils needing extra help in their schoolwork by extending the reading-writing-arithmetic initiative and the summer schools initiative. A total of SEK 650 million for 2011-2012.
- Continue the battle against discrimination and bullying through preventive measures, such as reinforcing work on the responsibility of schools to teach fundamental values. A total of SEK 40 million for 2011-2014.
- Enhanced teaching in mathematics, natural sciences and technology by extending the initiative in this area (the MNT initiative), allocating more hours to mathematics lessons in compulsory school and a pilot scheme providing a fourth year of technology in upper secondary school. A total of SEK 1.07 billion for 2011-2014.
- More creative and enterprising pupils with an investment in entrepreneurship and creative activities in schools. A total of SEK 60 million for 2011-2014.
- Better schools in disadvantaged areas through incentives to schools that develop the way they work and have become better at giving their pupils a good knowledge base. A total of SEK 60 million for 2012-2014.
- Enhanced school health and welfare services through a targeted investment. A total of SEK 650 million for 2012-2013.
- The temporary investment in 10 000 new higher education places will continue as planned during 2011 and be phased out in 2012. To meet quality requirements, all expansion is to be based on higher education institutions' own assessments of their prospects of temporarily increasing the number of places whilst retaining the same standards.
- To strengthen the quality of higher education, the Government proposes an increase in the appropriations for undergraduate education in the humanities and social sciences, initially of SEK 200 million in 2012 and thereafter SEK 400 million per year from 2013 onwards.
- To create incentives for quality, the Government and the Riksdag have adopted a new quality evaluation system for higher education. Those education programmes that receive the best assessment in the evaluations carried out by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education will receive a quality premium. Quality premiums will be paid at a level of approximately SEK 100 million in 2013, approximately SEK 200 million in 2014 and then approximately SEK 300 million per year from 2015 onwards.
- In accordance with the Research Bill, the Government proposes in the 2011 Budget Bill an increase of a total of SEK 500 million. Of this SEK 500 million, SEK 300 million will be allocated to investments in strategic research areas and SEK 200 million will be allocated to higher education institutions' appropriations for research and education at doctoral level.
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