On Thursday, the Swedish Schools Inspectorate announced that it had revoked approvals for the Imanskolan Foundation and the Framstegsskolan Foundation, based on warnings from Sweden’s Säpo security police.
Säpo had complained about both the management at the schools and the learning environment, judging the school leadership unsuitable to conduct school activities.
According to Säpo, students of the schools are at risk of exposure to extreme Islamist ideology.
“Säpo have assessed that children risk being exposed to radicalization by staying in an environment that advocates creating enclaves in society instead of respect for human rights and basic democratic values,” The inspectorate wrote.
The announcement of the closures comes just months after a proposal for stricter controls on religious free schools.
In February, Schools Minister Lina Axelsson Kihlblom stated that while a ban on new religious free schools would not be put forward, stricter controls would be established through the introduction of a “democracy clause” or demokrativillkor.
“The proposed law will create clearer requirements and stricter rules for confessional [religious] preschools, schools, and after-school clubs,” said Axelsson Kihlbom.
More than 200 students at the Imamskolan primary school in Uppsala will be forced to change schools for the autumn term. At Framstegsskolan in Stockholm, about 90 students are affected by the shutdown.
The decision, which may be appealed, currently applies from 15 and 17 August 2022.
by Kirstie Hall