Posted by: becketfund | October 15, 2007

Sweden: Education Ministry Re-writes Rules for Religious Schools

The Associated Press reports that the Swedish government is in the process of drawing up a set of new guidelines for the teaching of religion in the country’s schools, rules which would also apply to private confessional schools. Sweden’s Education Minister, Jan Bjorklund, explained that the new rules would protect students “from every form of fundamentalism” by making it impossible to introduce religious elements into classes in other subject areas, such as biology. Sweden’s 73 confessional schools, which are mostly Christian, are still governed by Sweden’s education laws; the new laws, which must be approved by the parliament, would not enter into force before 2009.

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