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.