Controversial school slams education agency

The students decide what time they will start and end their school day, what they will do in their lessons and when they will take their holidays. Unsurprisingly, the Sebor independent school in Borlänge has been harshly criticised by the Swedish National Agency for Education , which has threatened to withdraw funding if procedures are not tightened up.

But instead of addressing the issues raised by the agency, the school’s headmaster, Ove Raskopp, has come out fighting.

“They are unbelievably conventional,” he told local newspaper Dala-Demokraten, describing the agency’s inspectors as “incompetent inquisitors” who “lack the ability to understand advanced educational explanations”.

According to Raskopp, who expressed his views in a letter to the schools agency, Sebor creates a positive learning environment which stimulates an increasing thirst for knowledge as children get older. But the headmaster is no stranger to controversy. In the past he has been criticised by teachers, parents and students for swearing and joking inappropriately in front of the children.

Ove Raskopp admits to one of the failings highlighted: the low number of students.

The National Agency for Education requires schools to host at least 20 students but Sebor only has twelve. But Raskopp blames that on the agency itself:

“We would have had over 30 pupils today if the agency hadn’t acted the way it has,” he said.

The school has been given until Friday to fix the problems. Claes-Göran Aggebo, an inspector at the agency, was brief in his response:

“We will analyse the letter and see if they have taken any measures. If we find serious failings then we will withdraw the school’s licence and right to funding.”