Party leader Göran Hägglund.
EDUCATION

Christian Democrats want more school discipline

The Christian Democrat party wants to improve pupils' behaviour in Swedish schools. Party leader Göran Hägglund is calling for stricter discipline and guidelines for good conduct. He also wants to give teachers clearer instructions on when to issue detentions and written warnings.

"People aren't born with an inherent, magical capacity to always do good and appreciate what is true," he writes in the debate pages of the country's largest newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The Christian Democrats, one of four parties in the government coalition, also want to give teachers more rights to correct the pupils' bad behaviour - for example by confiscating mobile phones.

Hägglund also gives the example that a student caught vandalising school property should be taught how to repair and clean up the damage.

Education minister, Jan Björklund, from the Liberals, tells TT that he welcomes this as a sign that the Christian Democrats want to be more engaged with policies affecting schools, but says the concrete suggestion they made has already been effected in new legislation concerning schools.

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