Free school heads accused of boosting grades

Headmasters of a privately owned free school group in Sweden stand accused by union officials and teachers for having forced employees to give their pupils higher grades, daily Svenska Dagbladet reports.

One of the headmasters allegedly ordered a teacher to boost six pupils' grades after their parents had complained. The headmaster is said to have told the teacher that "six pupils equals SEK 600,000. You've got to bear that in mind", news agency TT reports.

The free school group Mikael-Elias have rejected the accusations stating that "we don't need these kind of values in our schools. We have quite a lot of applicants". The group runs nine high schools around Sweden and is part of the charter school company Academedia.

The Swedish School Inspectorate has not yet decided what action to take against the schools.