Corona clouds the first day of school

Schools were opening all over Norway on Monday, just as Corona infection rates have risen. Many parents won’t be allowed into the classroom with their first-graders this year, and concerns were rising over whether the schools will be able to stay open. “There can be some schools and day care centers that will have to […]

International Summer School disrupted

Norway’s popular International Summer School (ISS) at the University of Oslo has become another casualty of the Corona virus crisis. It’s been cancelled this year for students traveling to Oslo from abroad, for the first since its founding in 1947. ISS officials cited concerns over the health and security of both university employees and summer school students, but […]

Norway cancels written exams

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 […]

Two new ministers stride into crisis

NEWS ANALYSIS: Right in the middle of Norway’s biggest crisis in years, Prime Minister Erna Solberg also had to formally name two new cabinet ministers on Friday. It was a rush job that was the last thing Solberg needed on an already extraordinarily busy day. Both ministerial appointments were also the result of unfortunate events. […]

Teenagers have trouble reading

Only half of Norwegian teenagers read books during their free time, and boys are especially struggling with reading at school. Girls are still better, according a new survey, but they’re all spending much more time staring at screens than the printed page. The poor reading results were part of the latest survey of teenagers’ academic […]

New teaching plan hits digital divide

Even one of the Norwegian newspapers that’s most critical of the country’s conservative government had high marks for the new teaching plans and curriculum unveiled by Education Minister Jan Tore Sanner this week. While it promotes digital competence, however, another minister wants to limit smart phone use for all children under the age of 13. […]

Rich shipowner defies Darwin

A wealthy 81-year-old shipowner from Kristiansand is donating NOK 15 million (USD 1.6 million) to a foundation that challenges Darwin’s theory of evolution. Einar Johan Rasmuseen also wants the foundation’s own theories to be taught in Norwegian schools. Newspaper Vårt Land reports how the new foundation, called BioCosmos, promotes another allegedly scientific theory of “intelligent design,” […]

Security tightened at business school

The Oslo campus of the Norwegian Business School BI beefed up security this week, after receiving threats against members of its own management. The threats came in the form of anonymous emails that named the targets. A school spokesman told newspaper VG on Wednesday that “named individuals in BI’s management group had received anonymous and […]

Thousands of students wait for housing

More than 10,000 students starting at Norwegian universities and colleges this week are stuck on lists waiting for a place to live. Demand is highest, as usual, in Oslo. Even though the government has invested in more subsidized student housing  projects in recent years, there’s still a shortage. Fully 3,528 students are hoping a student […]

Norway to try more flexible school start

Schools are opening all over the country this week, with lots of six-year-olds probably the most excited or anxious as they enter the first grade. Next year there may be more girls than boys, as authorities consider elementary school admission based on skills and maturity instead of strictly age. No one wants to categorize six-year-old […]