I just had to get these thoughts of my mind as it does affect some of my very best friends back home in Sweden. As some of you are aware of, UHR (Swedish University Authority) has changed the grade scale for Swedish IB Students and their admissions to Swedish universities. Getting 20 points in the Swedish system now requires 45 (!!!!) IB points. That is absolutely ridiculous and wrong. This basically means that Swedish IB Students will more or less be forced to apply to universities abroad. Not that we mind but Sweden is losing out on some great talents.
Why is this so absurd? UHR does not really understand how difficult and demanding the IB Diploma Programme actually is on the students taking the programme. They underestimate the IB Diploma Programme to 200% which is completely wrong; in other countries they "die" to get IB students as IB students are seen to be more prepared for university. Why are we more prepared? We have a completely different system and external assessment which rules out bias amongst teachers. Just like at university; everything comes down to what you write on your essays/final reports/Internal Assessments and Exams.
I can write down many more arguments to why IB is better than the Swedish curriculum. IB is a lot like university. Most of my friends that have been studying/are studying at university have said that FIRST YEAR OF UNIVERSITY IS EASIER THAN IB12. How is that a drawback?? University is (to some extent) hard, IB is hard, Swedish system is a piece of cake compared to IB... Never underestimate IB and the students taking the programme. We are encouraged open-minded, risk takers and so on.
Anyways, I cannot really care about Swedish universities as I am not attending one, but it does have an impact on most of my friends who are still in high school and plan on apply to Swedish universities. It is now easier for them to get in to, let us say Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard. It is easier for them to get accepted into top universities in the world than attending university at home. What the actual fuff??
I am so sorry for you guys that are being affected by this... Despite these awful news, I still hope you achieve your dreams and are accepted to the university you really want to study at; whether it is in Sweden or the UK or US or somewhere else.