Officials crack down on school violence

Three government ministers, top politicians from the City of Oslo and the Norwegian capital’s chief of police were among those sitting down for a meeting in Oslo on Wednesday to tackle the rising problem of violence in local schools. They settled on stronger reaction and punishments, including swifter expulsions. Those causing the most trouble in […]

School violence ‘shocks’ minister

Norway’s acting state education minister was calling on Thursday for an emergency meeting after reports of violence at a high school in Oslo. It’s the latest example of violence at schools in the Norwegian capital, now so bad that the high school’s rector involved said he no longer could offer either teachers or students a […]

School ordered to refund students’ fees

A private communications school that overcharged tuition and landed in various other trouble was ordered on Wednesday to refund nearly NOK 30 million to former students. The crushing verdict against the former Westerdals School of Communication was handed down by the Oslo City Court. “All the students are overjoyed,” their representative Erling Løken Andersen told state broadcaster […]

‘Too much English’ for language council

Norway’s national council charged with strengthening the Norwegian language (Språkrådet) is worried that children and youth are being assailed with far too much English in the modern media world. They’re confronted mostly with English, for example, when they’re online or playing computer games. “We need to make sure they can also get a good cultural offering […]

Former students fight school ‘swindle’

Former students of the Westerdals School of Communications in Oslo packed a local courtroom this week as their case against the school drew to a close. They’re claiming reimbursement of NOK 29 million in school fees that they were overcharged from 2003 to 2012. The former students are angry and disappointed that the state education ministry settled […]

‘Be nice,’ urges new UiO rector

When the University of Oslo’s new rector, Svein Stølen, welcomed students at the start of the new academic year last week, among the advice he offered them was a suggestion to “be nice” to one another. That pretty much sums up the approach Stølen is taking after being named to lead Norway’s largest institution of higher learning […]

Tougher rules curbed school absenteeism

Norway’s Education Ministry was claiming this week that its crackdown on absenteeism at the high school level has led to a 40 percent reduction in teens not showing up for classes. Fewer are dropping out of school as well. “The numbers show that the students are much more present at school and that fewer are […]

Westerdals relieved after criminal probe was dropped

Officials at the Oslo-based Westerdals Schools of Communications could take off on summer holidays with a sense of relief, after the Norwegian police dropped a criminal investigation into whether the school illegally received unwarranted state funding. The school earlier settled a long-running conflict with the state, after agreeing to pay back NOK 42 million in state funding […]

Commission recommends rearranging school year

Norway’s state Ministry of Education has been told it should hold final examinations for graduating high school students later in the year, and closer to the summer holidays. Then the students would also get more classroom time, which they also seem to want and can legally demand. Debate has flown for years over how to […]

Number of smokers cut by half

Only 12 percent of the Norwegian population now smokes, half as many who smoked 10 years ago. More Norwegians are using chewing tobacco, though, according to new numbers from state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway). All told, 18 percent of the Norwegian population uses one of more products containing nicotine, reported SSB on Thursday, which […]