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Swedes want return to state-run schools: report

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A majority of the Swedish population, approximately 56 percent, prefer a nationalized school system, according to a recent survey by research company Novus.

"There's a clear desire in the public opinion to change the school's control. That a majority want to nationalize the whole school, not just the financing system, is a sign of deep discontent with the current state," said the National Teachers' Association, Lärarnas Riksförbund, Chairperson Metta Fjelkner.

However, according to the association the only party to respond to public demand is the Liberals.

“It's the first time we have seen in a survey that the Swedish people want a state school. We have already suggested a model. It is not as complicated or bureaucratic as some might argue. It is more expensive not to do anything about the problem," said the organisation's chairperson Metta Fjelkner in a statement.

The survey also shows that four out of five respondents did not believe that all students have the same chance of an equal education.

The survey revealed no major differences according to party sympathies or union memberships.

The National Teachers' Association argues that this demonstrates that one of the Sweden's educational foundations, equality in education, is perceived as not real.

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