Principal Christel Berver says her high school neglected to teach the required religion course due to a misinterpretation of the curriculum laid out by Swedish law. "When you read the law, it can be interpreted that you can switch religion with social science," she told local news.
But it turns out that isn't true.
Students reportedly raised the issue with teachers before, believing they needed the class. But school officials said they were teaching social science in place of religion.
"The last two years I've wondered, 'aren't we supposed to have religion?'" said one student. "They said that we had social science instead so I thought that stuff about Buddhism and everything would come then, but it never did."
Now seniors have less than a week to complete the entire course in religion in order to graduate without incomplete marks. Students can also choose to accept a failing grade for the course and then make it up in the fall.
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