‘End support for religious schools’

Government support for independent religious schools should end, the head of the Social Democrats' powerful women's group S-kvinnor has said.

“I don’t think that we should let children be brainwashed in these schools,” said S-kvinnor’s chairwoman Nalin Pekgul.

“We want to stand for election with a promise not to finance religious schools and nursery schools with tax money. They shouldn’t get any money,” said Pekgul to Svenska Dagbladet.

School minister Ibramin Baylan has previously said that he is “very concerned” at the growth of religious schools and the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket) has been asked to close independent schools immediately if they don’t reach the required standards.

But Pekgul says that Baylan’s measures don’t go far enough, and accuses him of “wimping out.”

She also wants Sweden to take up the issue at the European level.