Sweden to revise school admission procedure

Nov. 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Swedish officials said the nation needs to revise its free private school admissions procedures after a report surfaced showing some children can't enroll.

Opposition leader Stefan Loefven of the Social Democrat party said an undercover investigation by the Swedish television news program Uppdrag Granskning showed parents seeking to enroll two different children in free private schools. One child, a girl with good grades, is readily accepted, while a second child, a boy with bad grades, is denied.

"This procedure we have seen, this selecting, it is not acceptable," Loefven said.

Education Minister Jan Bjoerklund said he will consider instituting new national school admissions criteria to prevent such discrimination from happening in the future, TheLocal.se reported.

"I am totally open to it, I think it might be a good idea. And that should be at local government level. I will now turn to the department lawyers to look into it," he told the TT news agency.

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