Around two-thirds of the former students at troubled private Oslo high school Westerdals who were overcharged tuition fees have accepted the school’s compensation offer that gives than about 60 percent of what they’re owed. Nearly 500 other students think the offer is unsatisfactory, and say they’ll file a legal claim for the full amount due.
Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN), which revealed widespread financial irregularities at the school over many years, reported that 750 students had agreed to settle. They will now receive sums of around NOK 40,000-60,000 in return for dropping future claims.
Around 1,300 had claimed they collectlively were owed around NOK 110 million. “We’re glad that so many want to end this case now, something we think is to the advantage of everyone,” stated Westerdals’ rector, Tine Widerøe. The school’s administrators and owners still face claims for around NOK 100,000 each from the dissatisfied students.
They’ve also been ordered to reimburse the state for NOK 56 million after having received state financial support to which they were not entitled. The Norwegian police’s white-collar crime unit Økokrim has also charged Westerdals with serious fraud, for having accepted the support between 2002 and 2012.