"Let Political Parties into Schools"

The youth wings of Sweden's political parties and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions(SKL) have issued a joint call for local councils in Sweden to recommend that political parties be allowed into their schools this election year.

Many schools have decided to ban the political parties for fear that they would then also have to invite the far-right Sweden Democrat party in the name of impartiality.

The youth wings of all Sweden's seven main political parties and the SKL say that the political campaigns and mock elections in Sweden's high schools have a long history and are an important part of Swedish democracy and are calling on the schools to change their minds.

The head of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Anders Knape says:

"Pupils should not and cannot be protected against xenophobic opinions. It's better that they learn that these opinions are marginal in society, and how they can argue against them. Schools also have the responsiblility to counter opinions that go against the values of the school, one way of doing that is inviting different parties to the school."

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