Plymouth Brethren get green light to open private schools

The Plymouth Brethren community in Hylte in western Sweden has been granted permission to open a private school.

The County Court based its verdict on an undertaking by Laboraskolan AB to follow the national curriculum and make the school open to all applicants, TV4 reports.

The members of the board of Laboraskolan all belong to the Plymouth Brethren Evangelical movement.

The Swedish National Agency for Education had initially turned down Laboraskolan’s request to begin establishing private schools. The agency was of the opinion that the closed nature of the movement was incompatible with the goals and values inherent in the Swedish education system.

But later the agency agreed to reconsider when the company employed a new, fully qualified head teacher.