Stricter rules for religious schools

Politics | 2007-10-15

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The government wants to forbid schools to give a religious explanation to the origin of life. Religious schools will have to stick one hundred percent to the official curriculum “We have to protect the pupils from all kinds of fundamentalism” says Jan Björklund, Minister for education to Dagens Nyheter. An independent, religious school that fails to meet the harder regulation will be fined or even closed down while the investigation proceeds.

Jan Björklund, Minister for Education (Photo: Pawel Flato)

The government is sceptical to religious schools and Nyamki Sabuni, Minister for gender equality and integration, personally even wants to forbid them. That is however not the policy of the government.

Nyamko Sabuni, Minister for Integration and Gender Equality (Photo: Pawel Flato)

Private schools on a religious base will still be allowed to have prayers in the classroom before and between the classes but once the class has started; no exceptions from the official curriculum will be allowed. There are several Christian and Muslim schools that would be affected by the new rules.


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