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Secondary School Writing Preparation Inadequate

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In Iceland’s secondary schools, there is serious lack of training in the written language, according to students at the University of Iceland. Visir.is reports this today. They claim to be not properly prepared when they enter university.

The difference between secondary schools is vast. The students of Akureyri Junior College and Reykjavik Junior College are the most content.


University of Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Almost a third of UI students claim to be unprepared for writing essays and reports, as stated in a new survey conducted by the university.

A vast majority, or 71 percent, believe that critical thinking and debate must be encouraged at the secondary school level. Róbert Haraldsson, Chairman of the Teaching Committee and one of the report’s authors, says that perhaps this can be explained by the zeitgeist; the collapse and lack of critical thinking could possibly influence the students’ opinions.

The survey shows a great difference between students’ evaluation of the preparation they have received at secondary school. Approximately 98 percent of MA’s students are content with their preparation, compared to 93 percent of MR students and just over 86 percent of MH students.

Students at Westman Islands Comprehensive College, Gardabaer Comprehensive College and Sudurnes Comprehensive College are the least content. It must be noted that the number of participants from each school varied greatly.

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