Over half of the students in a school in the heavily migrant-populated Stockholm no-go zone suburb of Rinkeby are not qualified to enter high school.
According to a report from the Swedish National Agency for Education, over half of the students in grade nine at both Rinkeby and Hjulsta primary schools are underperforming, Sveriges Radio reports.
Amin Ahmed, the father of one student at one of the troubled schools, said that many parents are looking to move their children to better schools. “Unfortunately, many parents are thinking about moving their children from there. I have been thinking about moving to another school, another area,” he said.
Chairman of Järva Parental Alliance Hagi Farah from Rinkeby said that if the children are not given a proper education they would be failed by society.
“They are angry with society. They are entitled to a proper education that can handle future work,” Farah said, and added: “But if we do not give a chance to 16-year-olds, then he or she breaks away from society and then there come criminal or evil forces.”
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Many of the students in the schools with poor results also come from migrant backgrounds and in ten of the schools in Stockholm, at least one-third of the students travelled abroad without school permission.
The poor school results will likely add to the high unemployment rate of individuals from migrant backgrounds in Sweden. While the unemployment rate for native Swedes, according to statistics from last year, is one of the lowest in Europe, the migrant unemployment rate is almost as high as Greece.
The statistics also correlate with a study by the Swedish Expert Group on Public Finance (ESO) last year which showed that migrant children who came to Sweden after the age of seven were unlikely to pass exams with a near 50 per cent rate of failure.