Social Democrats propose ban on faith schools

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The ruling Social Democrats have vowed to introduce a ban on faith schools in a bid to combat segregation, but the proposal has prompted fierce criticism from faith-school representatives.

Bo Nyberg, chairman of the Christian School Council, which represents some 60 faith schools in Sweden, believes that only schools that use religion "in the wrong way" should be told off, and if necessary fined and put in administration. He does not believe a blanket ban on all faith schools is the right way forward.

"I am very much against this principle of punishing everybody for the wrong behaviour of a few," Nyberg told Radio Sweden.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Minister for Civil Affairs, Ardalan Shekarabi, and Minister for Upper Secondary School, Anna Ekström, said they are concerned about segregation Sweden, and they insisted that faith schools are part of the problem.

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