Political pressure from left-wing activists goes on in Swedish schools. Now, one school in Umeå in the Northern region of Sweden, forces its pupils aged 6-11 to participant in the joint Friday climate strike – despite the Swedish constitution forbids mandatory participation in political movements. No teacher seems to have protested against the take.
School management and teachers at Västangård School in Umeå decided that all kids would gather up for the joint climate demonstration on Friday. The kid’s parents were informed via mail about the decision and were also invited to join.
The pupils were forced to join the strike, according to information to the newspaper Nyheter i Västerbotten.
Anders Ågren, conservative politician in the city, is upset. "It's a scandal beyond belief! For a start, it's wrong to go on strike during school hours. But the more serious part of this is that teachers and school management obviously forces the students to go in strike. It shows a complete lack of judgement by the adults. What’s going to come next? Will all pupils be forced to join the 1 May demonstrations, just because school management considers it to be a good idea, Ågren tells the paper.
According to Swedish constitution, Regeringsformen, 2 chapter §2, it's illegal to forcing the kids to participate in the strike.
"Nobody must by the public be forced to present their views in political, religious, cultural or in other respect. Neither must anybody by the public be forced to participate in venues for opinion-making or in demonstration or other political union, religious community or other venue for opinions that are stated in the first sentence", the constitution says.