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Versus. The administrative Court of Appeal in Gothenburg gave a Jewish-Orthodox family the right to home school their four children and referred to the children’s safety. The District Council Majorna-Linné appealed. Now, the matter will be considered by the Supreme Administrative Court.
Annelie Enochson – Good. The family is supported on an issue that felt hopeless, but it is a pity that it has been delayed. The family belongs to a minority and we have freedom of religion in the country as long as the children are associated with a school, taking national tests and school sets the grades, so it should be okay.
Helene Odenjung – It’s very good. I welcome the trial. It is very unfortunate if the Court considers that it may be exempted from tuition and compulsory schooling for religious reasons. The school communicates knowledge about different religions and children themselves will be entitled to decide how to practice their religion.
What would it mean if the family should get the right to home schooling?
Annelie Enochson – That would bring us closer to the UN Declaration of Human Rights, that the parents should have the right to influence their children’s education. A positive judgment would help many others, such as the people who have emigrated.
Helene Odenjung – It opens doors for stricter legislation. Legislation has already been tightened but there is a risk that one can not maintain the qualified teaching that everyone is entitled to.
Could it mean that more religious groups want and can get home schooling?
Annelie Enochson – Do not focus on religious groups. Many want home schooling for other reasons, maybe they have been bullied or have experienced a form of schooling in other countries, that has been successful. Sweden is deviant in this respect compared to other countries.
Helene Odenjung – Yes, it can lead to extreme religious convictions wanting to homeschool. Girls may be kept at home for other tasks around the home. Children and young people should be entitled to shape their own lives.
Annelie Enochson, Christian democratic party, and Helene Odenjung, Liberal party, Gothenburg.
These two women represent two opposites – yet their parties are collaborating in the present Alliance government.
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