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Minister Wants to Shorten High School in Iceland

Minister of Education, Science and Culture Illugi Gunnarsson wants to shorten the time Icelandic students spend in secondary school.

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Illugi points out that Iceland is the only OECD country where it takes 14 years before a student completes their matriculation examination. “Everywhere else it takes 12-13 years,” he told Morgunblaðið.

Students generally graduate from high school at age 18 in Europe, while in Iceland the age is 20. There are varying opinions on how a shorter time to graduation can be achieved for Icelandic students.

Aðalheiður Steingrímsdóttir, head of the Association of Secondary School Teachers, argues that if the number of years is cut, the school year will have to be lengthened.

Head of the Secondary School Teachers Union of Iceland (SÍF), Eva Brá Önnudóttir, on the other hand, suggests that the number of years in upper secondary school could be cut from four to three without lengthening the school year.

Yesterday, Morgunblaðið reported on concerns over the lack of renewal among high school staff with most teachers between the ages of 50 to 60.


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