Election 2010

Schools: Top Issue and Defining Factor

Schools, healthcare, and care for the elderly were the issues that Swedish voters chose as most important in a new study from research group FSI.

Schools were the top issue for voters whether they identified themselves as supporters of the center-right coalition government or the Red-Green opposition, reports daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The news comes after the weekend when Education Minister Jan Björklund's Liberal Party gave the latest proposals for school reforms, one of which was that parents should join unruly students in class.

Meanwhile, leader of Sweden's Left Party, Lars Ohly, called for a change in the law to prevent limited companies listed as owners of private schools from profiting from taxpayer money.

Dagens Nyheter journalist Henrik Brors told Radio Sweden that the Liberals and the Left are using school policy to differentiate themselves as Sweden's right and left blocks are moving towards the center.

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