Independent Schools Lose Supporters

Negative media coverage may have led to the fact that Swedes are more reserved when it comes to independent schools.

That is the main conclusion of a survey carried out by Gothenburg’s university. The study shows that independent schools have become less attractive in the previous years with a majority of Swedes even rejecting them.

Apart from the negative media coverage, the center-right coalition government’s rather critical attitude toward independent schools may have also contributed to the overall dismissive opinion among Swedes, the study concludes.

Speaking to Swedish Radio news, a spokesperson of the Swedish Association of Independent Schools called the survey misleading. In fact, a growing number of Swedish pupils would pick independent schools, indicating that the vast majority of them are a clear alternative to public schools.

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