Report proposes possible stop for new religious schools

3:10 min

Sweden should enact more rigorous rules on existing religious schools and could even enact a ban on opening new ones, a government-backed inquiry finds.

The report, presented Wednesday, said the government could stop new religious schools from opening by the middle of 2023. But, at the same time, the report questioned the legality of whether such a law could be upheld in a court. There are 72 such schools currently operating in Sweden, and as they are free schools, they are privately run but publicly funded.

Education Minister Anna Ekström of the Social Democrats says, however, she feels the report allows for such a ban, something her party and its government partners and supporters have agreed on.

Listen to the report to hear the minister motivate the government's policy.