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Subjects for appeal


Only the individual pupil, or his/her representative or guardian, can appeal to ÖKN; never a municipality or other school authority. The appellant of a particular decision is specified in the Education Act. If you are of age and permit someone else to appeal for you, that person must show authorization from you that he/she may represent you.

The following decisions are open to appeal:

Suspension and expulsion

Decisions concerning suspension and expulsion from school can be appealed against by the guardian (chapter 3, sections 7 and 10 of the Education Act)

Admittance to special needs schools

Decisions concerning admittance into special needs schools (särskolor, specialskolor) of children with learning difficulties can be appealed against by the child’s guardian (chapter 3, sections 5 of the Education Act). The same applies to independent special needs schools (chapter 9, section 17 of the Education Act).

Special schools

Decisions concerning measures for pupils who reside away from home and on the right to complete one’s education in a special school, can be appealed against by the pupil or his/her representative (chapter 7, section 8 of the Education Act)

Elementary schools

Decisions concerning measures for pupils who reside away from home, concerning the placement of a pupil in a particular school with regard to other pupils’ safety and study environment, concerning the admittance of a pupil from another municipality to an elementary school, and concerning the right to complete one’s education in an elementary school, can be appealed against by the pupil or his/her representative (chapter 4, sections 11-12 of the Education Act).

Special instruction group

Decisions that a pupil is to be educated in a special instruction group (särskild undervisningsgrupp) can be appealed against by the pupil or his/her representative (chapter 8, section 1 of the Elementary School Regulations).

Acceptance into upper secondary school

Decisions on acceptance into upper secondary school can be appealed against by the applicant or his/her representative (chapter 5, sections 11 and 13 of the Education Act).

Acceptance of pupils with mental disabilities into upper secondary school

Decisions on acceptance of pupils with learning disabilities into upper secondary school (gymnasiesärskola) can be appealed against by the applicant or his/her representative (chapter 6, section 8 of the Education Act). The same applies to acceptance into a similar independent school (chapter 9, section 17 of the Education Act).

Admittance of pupils with physical disabilities to education

Decisions concerning the admittance of pupils with physical disabilities to education can be made by the person who requires it (chapter 5, section 30 of the Education Act).

Admittance to municipal adult education

Decisions concerning admittance to municipal adult education (komvux), or the termination or lack of renewal of a pupil’s training, can be appealed by the pupil (chapter 11, section 23 of the Education Act).

Admittance of mentally disabled persons into adult education

Decisions concerning admittance of mentally disabled persons into adult education (särvux), or the termination or commencement of new training can be appealed against by the pupil (Chapter 12, section 13 of the Education Act).

Admission of immigrants to Swedish language training

The admittance of immigrants to Swedish language training (sfi), or the termination or commencement of new training can be appealed against by the pupil (chapter 13, section 13 of the Education Act).

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