One of the closed secondary schools

More funding to the Schools Inspectorate

Swedish Radio News reports that in the upcoming budget the government plans to allocate a further SEK 3.5 million to the Schools Inspectorate next year, with plans to fund twice as much in coming years.

The aim is to make it possible for the agency to better oversee the so-called “free schools”, private schools with public funding. The news comes after the failure of a major chain running secondary schools, JB Education.

At the time the Director General of the inspectorate, Ann-Marie Begler, said her agency lacked the staff to fully investigate the economic situation of companies running schools.

The issue of for-profit education is controversial in Sweden and may be an issue in next year’s elections.

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