Government authorities recommend distance education
17 March 2020
The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that Sweden’s upper secondary schools, municipal adult education, vocational higher education and higher education institutions move to online and distance learning.
This recommendation means that all pupils and students in upper secondary schools and higher education institutions are not to go to their ordinary places of learning but are to study from home.
As a result of the Public Health Agency’s recommendation, the possibility of conducting online and distance learning based on the Government ordinance adopted on Friday, 13 March, is now open. Regarding municipal adult education, higher vocational education and training, universities and higher education institutions, online and distance learning opportunities are already in place.
The Government, together with the representatives of all parties in the Parliamentary Committee on Education, is urgently preparing an act to enable the Government to ensure care is available for children whose parents deliver vital public services should we find ourselves in a situation where preschools and compulsory schools need to be closed.
Recommendations are from the Swedish Government Offices, the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the National Board of Health and Welfare, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, the Swedish National Agency for Education and the Swedish Council for Higher Education.