Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund delivers his summer speech in Gothenburg.

Björklund calls for school system reforms

The Swedish Liberal Party wants to institute further reforms of the education system, with party leader Jan Björklund proposing that responsibility for schools be transferred from municipalities to the state.

In a speech delivered in Gothenburg Sunday, Björklund also called for a new apprentice scheme and for quadrupling the number of so-called "first-hand teachers", who offer guidance to younger colleagues, and for improving teachers' wages.

Björklund said a reform introduced in 1991 which involved transferring jurisdiction over schools to municipalities was a big failure, but so far he has not managed to convince other party leaders within the government coalition about the benefits of his proposed reform.

The Liberal Party also wants to abolish the national defence levy and lower taxes for pensioners, Björklund said.

Björklund is the second party leader to hold a summer speech this year, after Gustav Fridolin of the Green Party spoke in Vittsjö, southern Sweden in June.

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