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Government Backs Down Over School Funding Changes

Published måndag 18 januari 2010 kl 19.15

The Swedish government has temporarily scrapped plans to change the way this country's independent schools are funded.

The grant-maintained senior high schools are independent from local authority control, yet are still paid for by the state.

At the moment independent schools get money at a rate per pupil based on what the local authorites have spent per pupil, the new rate would be based on what they are planning to spend, which during a period of recession and cutbacks is less. The independent schools say they didn't have the time to prepare for the cutbacks, and this would have meant redundancies, and in extreme cases, schools being forced to shut down.

But following complaints the Department for Education has taken another look at the plans, and has now decided to put off introducing the scheme, until June 2010, at least.

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