Lundsberg boarding school has earlier been criticised for not doing enough to stop bullying at the school. Photo: Ulf Palm Pica-FLT/Scanpix

Boarding school wrongfully receives grant money

The private boarding school Lundsberg in Värmland has wrongfully received over US $ 400,000 in grant money from the state, according to Swedish Television's investigative programme Uppdrag Granskning.

The grant paid out if both parents of a pupil lives abroad, is approximately double that of an ordinary school grant. When going through the schools grant applications for the past three years, the reporters found that in about one third of the cases, the school got the more generous grant, even though one or both parents of the pupil lived in Sweden.

The head teacher of the school Staffan Hörnberg blames an inexperienced financial accountant, but he also says the rules are not clear and criticises the National Agency of Education for not checking things properly.

But the Minister of Education, Jan Björklund, tells Swedish television news this evening that if the information is correct it is serious and the money will have to be paid back. He also notes that a review will have to show whether a criminal investigation is necessary.

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