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Government defies Parliament on issue of earlier grades

Published fredag 19 december 2014 kl 18.24
Jan Björklund (FP) och Gustav Fridolin (MP). Foto: TT
The Liberal Party's Jan Björklund and Gustav Fridolin with the Greens. Photo: TT

The government defies a parliamentary decision and refuses to prepare for the introduction of formal grades in year four in time for March's snap election.

Education policy and how to improve results in Swedish schools was at the top of the agenda in Parliament on Friday. On Friday night, the alliance's school budget proposal was approved, including the proposal on new and earlier grades.

But the government announced on Friday morning that it would not touch the issue of a changing grade system until after the snap election in March.

"I've heard different things from different government representatives and I think it's pretty remarkable that you'd openly defy a parliamentary decision," Liberal politician Christer Nylander told Swedish Radio News.

"We've decided to earmark ten million kronor to prepare and plan the introduction of formal grades in year four, we're investing twenty million kronor to plan and introduce conduct grades and other diciplinary measures in school. So I assume that the government carries through the Parliament's decision," Nylander said.

The Minister for Education, Gustav Fridolin, said that some of the tasks could take longer than three months and called the situation comedic.

"This is some high level comedy," Fridolin said. "Jan Björklund from the Liberal Party has not been able to implement the party's education policy in eight years. Now Liberal Christer Nylander wants me to implement Liberal policy in three months. On March the 22nd we hold snap election and then it's up to the Swedish people to decide which education policies they want."

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