- Education in Denmark
Educationin Denmarkis compulsory for children aged approximately 7-16. These nine years of compulsory education is called the "Folkeskole" ("public school"). About 82% of young people take further education in addition to this. Danmarks Radio: "S ønsker mindst 12 års skolegang" ("Social Democrats want at least 12 years of education") http://www.dr.dk/Nyheder/Indland/2007/04/12/225441.htm?wbc_purpose=updateh] Government-funded education is usually free of charge and open to everyone.
The chief national officer of the education system is Education Minister
Bertel Haarder(Liberal Party). However, universities are the responsibility of Helge Sander, Minister of Science, Technology and Development(same party). Literacyin Denmark is approximately 99% for both men and women. [2003 estimate; according to CIA World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/da.html#People]
Recently, some political parties (e.g. Social Democrats and Liberal Alliance) have advocated extending the time of compulsory education from nine to twelve years. [ [http://www.180grader.dk/nyheder/Ny_Alliance_pr_senterede_alt_godt_fra_havet.php Netavisen 180Grader.dk - Ny Alliance præsenterede alt godt fra havet ] ]
The Danish education system has its origin in the cathedral- and monastery schools established by the
Roman Catholic Churchin the early Middle Ages, and seven of the schools established in the 12th and 13th centuries still exist today. After the Reformation, which was officially implemented in 1536, the schools were taken over by the Crown. Their main purpose was to prepare the students for theological studies by teaching them to read, write and speak Latinand Greek.
Popular elementary education was at that time still very primitive, but in 1721, 240 "
rytterskoler" ("cavalry schools") were established throughout the kingdom. Moreover, the religious movement of Pietism, spreading in the 18th century, required some level of literacy, thereby promoting the need for public education. The philanthropicthoughts of such people as Rousseaualso helped spur developments in education open to all children.
In 1809, the old Clergyman's School was transformed in accordance with the spirit of the time into a humanistic Civil Servant's School which was to "foster true humanity" through immersion in the ancient Greek and Latin cultures combined with some teaching of natural science and modern languages.
Throughout the 19th century (and even up until today), the Danish education system was especially influenced by the ideas of clergyman, politician and poet
Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig, who advocated inspiring methods of teaching and the foundation of folk high schools.
In 1871, the scientific and technical development of the 19th century led to a division of the secondary education into two lines: the
languages and the mathematics-science line. This division was the backbone of the structure of the Gymnasium (i.e. academic general upper secondary education programme) until the year 2005.
In 1894, the "Folkeskole" ("public school", the government-funded
primary educationsystem) was formally established (until then, it had been known as "Almueskolen" ("common school")), and measures were taken to improve the education system to meet the requirements of industrial society.
In 1903, the 3-year course of the Gymnasium was directly connected the municipal school through the establishment of the "mellemskole" ('
middle school', grades 6-9), which was later on replaced by the "realskole". Previously, students wanting to go to the Gymnasium (and thereby obtain qualification for admission to university) had to take private tuition or similar means as the municipal schools were insufficient.
In 1975, the "realskole" was abandoned and the "Folkeskole" (
primary education) transformed into an egalitarian system where pupils go to the same schools regardless of their academic merits.
The first university in Denmark,
University of Copenhagen, was established in 1479. The second, University of Kielin Schleswig-Holstein, was established in 1665. When Schleswig-Holstein was conquered by German forces in 1864, the University of Copenhagen was once again the only university in the Kingdom of Denmark and remained so until 1928 when the University of Aarhuswas founded. Since then, numerous universities have been established. In addition, there are many independent colleges specializing for instance in educating teachers.
The tuition-less system
Because the politics of Denmark are based on a welfare-state model, almost all educational institutes in Denmark are free. This tuition-less system applies to:
* Those who have been born in Denmark as 'national Danes'
* Those who hold a
* Those who hold a humanitarian visa
* Those from the
* Those from the
European Economic Areaor European Union.
To further assist students in Denmark, all Danish citizens (and many others meeting certain criteria) are offered a bursary, called "SU" ("Statens Uddannelsesstøtte" which translates to "The State's Educational Support"), which totals about
DKK2,412 monthly if the student lives with his/her parents or former guardians, and about DKK5,007 monthly if the student lives away from his/her parents or former guardians.
Students can supplement the SU with student loans amounting to
DKK2562 per month, which must be paid back upon the completition of their education.
Today, education in Denmark is broken down into five age groups:
* Pre-School Education
* Folkeskole Education
* Secondary Education
Higher Preparatory Examination (HF)
Higher Commercial Examination Programme
Higher Technical Examination Programme (HTX)
** Vocational secondary education
* Higher Education (see also
List of universities in Denmark)
* Adult Education
*Danish Folkeskole Education – Historical Overview
*Gymnasium with information on the Gymnasium school type
*History of the Danish Gymnasium
Secondary education in Denmarkwith a historical overview of the different types of secondary education
*Grundtvig's thinking on education
* [http://eng.uvm.dk/ Danish Ministry of Education "(Undervisningsministeriet)"]
* [http://www.studyindenmark.dk/ Study in Denmark - The official government site for advice on study in Denmark"(CIRIUS)"]
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