A Swedish ‘free-school’ has been put up for sale on an internet auction site. The privately managed but publicly funded school was advertised on the auction site Blocket - the Swedish equivalent of e-bay. The seller has gained accreditation from the Swedish Schools Inspectorate to run a primary school of up to 180 students in the southern city of Malmö. The Svenska Dagbladet newspaper writes that the school's name and permit was being sold for a starting price of 500,000 Krona (£47,000). The new owner would avoid having to be vetted by the Schools Inspectorate and would only need to find a location and staff before starting up the new school in the autumn term of this year. The sale would be perfectly legal, as there is no obligation to talk to the Schools Inspectorate if shares in a company running a school are sold. However, Swedish politicians, angered and embarrassed by the attempted sale, say they are now seeking to change the law to make such transactions impossible. Sweden’s free schools have inspired the UK government to start their own free schools, allowing parents and teachers to set up publicly funded but privately managed schools. Alasdair Smith, of the Anti Academies Alliance, told The Guardian: "If you start trading schools as profitable units to be bought and sold in the market, inevitably you see the shift in focus from teaching and learning to securing profit margins. That's just the nature of the market, that's just inevitable." The Guardian reports that in the last ten years Swedish students' scores in literacy, maths and science have dropped considerably in comparison with other countries, calling into question the wisdom of increasingly opening up its education system to private providers.