Norway’s Ministry of Education has decided to cancel all written exams at the junior high- and high school level. It remained unclear whether oral exams for high school students can be conducted later, after Corona virus containment measures shut all schools in the country earlier this month.
The exam cancellation applies to all 10th grade (final year) students in junior high school and to students in all three years of vidergåendeskole (high school). While oral exams for the 10th graders were cancelled, no decision will be made as to whether they can be conducted for high school students until after the Easter holidays.
Education Minister Guri Melby stressed that classwork participation throughout the year accounts for fully 80 percent of a student’s report card marks in both junior high- and high school. With only 20 percent of their marks tied to final exams, “the consequences for those whose exams must be cancelled aren’t very large.”
She also stressed that all students will receive vitnemål (certificates) showing they’ve completed all course work even though schools were closed in mid-March and instruction shifted to digital platforms.