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Proposed changes in the educational system by the “Reform Commision”


  • Abolish 10th grade in Folkeskolen; replace it with HPX (Higher Practical Examination). If the proposal becomes reality, then there will be two main ways out of “folkeskolen” – the gymnasiums and the HPX. 
  • Changes to boarding schools (efterskoler) as they should be financially motivated to attract younger students (8th and 9th grade). 
  • Children tired of school should be able, already in 7th grade, to replace 2 days of normal school per week with 2 days of being in a workshop where they work with their hands. There is already such a possibility for the 8th and 9th graders. 
  • More financial support for PPR (an investment of at least 150 million DKK). PPR is the school’s mental health support system. More people should be trained to be able to carry out PPR examinations. 
  • 3-year old children should be “language assessed” to see if they need “language stimulation”. The purpose is to detect below-average language skills early so that they can get help. 
  • Besides the most important changes listed here, there are 45 other smaller changes proposed by the “Reform Commision” which you can read here. The “Reform Commision” was established in 2020 with the task of proposing changes to the educational system so that fewer young people end up without a job or education. 
  • The government welcomes and supports the ideas proposed. They will study the proposals and think about how they can be made into legislation. 
  • The trade unions also welcome the proposed ideas, as they want more young people to choose the vocational path. 
Narcis George Matache
Narcis George Matache
Executive Editor and Founder of "Last Week in Denmark".

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