Sweden vows to ban ALL religious schools

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Sweden could be set to ban all religious schools, following a proposal from the leading party ahead of this year's election.
 
The Social Democratic party, which currently leads a minority government, has pledged to ban all religious free schools to tackle segregation in the country.
 
Ardalan Shekarabi, Sweden's minister for Public Administration said that 'teachers, not priests and imams should be in charge of schools'.
 
The proposal is not yet backed by parliament, but several other parties have criticized establishments of more religious free schools following reports of gender separation in classes at existing institutions.

'We have to knock down segregation to keep Sweden together... school segregation must therefore also be broken down,' Ardalan Shekarabi told a news conference in Stockholm. 
 
All religious schools in Sweden, one of the most secular nations in the world, are 'free schools', and operate independently while receiving state funding.
 
As it is forbidden in Swedish law to charge for primary education for children up to 18, any non-state run school receives government funding.
 
There are 71 primary and upper secondary religious schools, which make up five per cent of all free schools in Sweden. One is Jewish, 59 are Christian, and 11 are Muslim. 
 
Segregation, integration and immigration are set to be the main talking points in the lead up to the general election in Sweden, a country which welcomed 163,000 asylum seekers in 2015 during the European migration crisis.
 
The country has registered around 400,000 asylum requests since 2012, or one for every 25 inhabitants, a record in Europe.
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