Measures required to improve governance of subject teacher education programmes
Programmes for the education of teachers at the upper levels of compulsory school and upper secondary schools have long been criticised for their poor quality. The Swedish NAO audit shows that better governance with clearer division of responsibility, more effective coordination and greater student influence would counter these shortcomings.
The Swedish Public Employment Service should improve several components of its Support and Matching service
The rating system that the Swedish Public Employment Service has introduced into its Support and Matching service guides jobseekers to suppliers with comparatively good outcomes. However, the Swedish National Audit Office recommends that the Public Employment Service continue to make improvements in procurements under the Act on Free Choice Systems.
Swedish higher education institutions hold their own in a Nordic comparison
Swedish higher education institutions hold their own in a Nordic comparison. Despite this, the audit undertaken by the Swedish National Audit Office (Swedish NAO) shows that some of these institutions could produce considerably more teaching and research, without more resources.
Lack of holistic approach to initiatives for socio-economically vulnerable areas
Over the years, the Government has introduced a large number of targeted government grants that are intended directly or indirectly to support socio-economically vulnerable areas. The Swedish National Audit Office’s audit shows that these should be designed more strategically so as to benefit the local public sector core activities.