More Money to Schools, Drug Rehab

Swedish schools could be in line for a 300 hundred million US dollar-boost over three years.

It was announced at the Liberal Party conference that the government plans extra funding for education in its upcoming autumn budget. Some 130 million dollars would be ear-marked for school pupils who struggle with basic skills such as reading and writing.

Another 150 million dollars would be devoted to teacher training.

Sweden’s Teachers’ Union has welcomed the proposed extra funding as a good start, but says the money is insufficient to meet the ”enormous” needs of the Swedish education system.

Also reportedly included in new budget proposals, according to Swedish Television News, are tighter regulations governing welfare payments, and some 500 million US dollars  over three years for rehabilitation programs designed to reduce the number of Swedes on long-term sickness benefit.