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New rules for political campaigning in schools

Published fredag 1 september 2017 kl 10.52
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Anna Ekström, Sweden’s minister for upper secondary school and adult education and training. Credit: Adam Ihse/TT

The government wants to introduce a legal amendement that would allow principals to ban representatives of certain political parties from campaigning in their schools.

Anna Ekström, Sweden’s minister for upper secondary school and adult education and training, said that this is in pupils' interest, that schools are not public places, and that pupils' and teachers' work environments must be protected.

“A school principal is the person who can best decide under what terms political information should be made available in a school and whether or not political parties should be invited," Ekström told Swedish Radio.

The proposed legislation would allow schools to limit invitations to democratically elected parties with seats in the Swedish parliament, municipalities, regional councils and the European Parliament. However, schools may not block a party simply because it has opinions that could be perceived as undemocratic.

In the past, there have been student demonstrations against visits from the Sweden Democrats and, according to Ekström, some school principals would not allow any parties on campus because they were unsure of how to apply the rules.

Ekström wants the new rules to come into effect in 2018.

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