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All children in Sweden have the right to attend school

More children excluded from school

Published onsdag 16 februari 2011 kl 14.01
"It's a quite serious situation "
(2:41 min)
Schools Inspector Marie Helene Ahnborg says it's unacceptable that children are excluded from school.Photo:Bertil Ericson/Scanpix

Under Swedish law all children have the right to attend school but new figures released by the National Schools Inspectorate show a sharp rise in the number of complaints from families with children excluded from school.

Last year the Inspectorate received 239 complaints, a rise of 68 percent from the year before.

Marie Helene Ahnborg, a senior inspections director at the National Schools Inspectorate told Radio Sweden that the figures were unacceptable.

"It's a quite serious situation when we have so many kids not following teaching in their proper school and the reason I think varies a lot. In many cases this is about some children who have some kind of special need and the school that they are in has not been able to give the child the exact and proper teaching that this specific child needs."

Marie Helene Ahnborg said that she understood that it can be a complicated situation for schools but the Education Act is very clear in pointing out the absolute rights of children to receive an education. 

  

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