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Ministry of Education Questions Secondary Schools

The Ministry of Education has demanded an explanation from principals of five secondary schools on why they submitted incorrect information on the number of students to the ministry. Grants are determined by the number of students.

According to Fréttabladid, every secondary school in Iceland is granted ISK 700,000 (USD 11,400, EUR 7,800) for each student who passes the final examination and this incorrect information on the number of students has cost the Ministry of Education ISK millions.

The principal of Reykjavík Trade School (IR) Baldur Gíslason, who has received a letter from the Ministry of Education regarding this issue, said it has happened before that the number of students is either underestimated or overestimated. It is not a serious problem, he said.

Principal of the Vocational School in Akureyri (VMA) Hjalti Jón Sveinsson, who also received a letter from the ministry, agrees. “This is just some minor mistake in our calculations. The misunderstanding will be sorted out.”

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