School offers reward for student recruits

The perilous financial position for many independent schools in Jönköping in southern Sweden has led to one offering unusual incentives to persuade friends to sign up.

Friskolan Vettergymnasiet in Jönköping is offering pupils hard cash if they can encourage their friends to sign up at the high school, Radio Jönköping reports.

“Yes, we have offered them the possibility to receive some form of remuneration. But we don’t think that it has any effect at all,” the rector at the school, Rolf Palmgren said.

Palmgren explained that he did not see any ethical dilemma in offering the financial reward.

“It is only a matter of a couple of hundred kronor,” he told Radio Jönköping.

Independent schools have previously been predominantly a feature of the major cities in Sweden. But in recent years a wave of independently-run (but council-financed) schools have been established even in smaller cities.

Around 20 percent of Jönköping municipality’s high school pupils, and around 15 percent of primary and secondary school pupils, attended an independent school in 2008.

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