Thousands more head out on strike

More than 20,000 public sector employees, many of them teachers and nurses, are now on strike in Norway after municipal employers refused to take the initiative for renewed negotiations. The teachers and nurses especially can claim public support even after, or perhaps because of, a difficult Corona year. Many schools and day care centers all […]

Assaulted teacher loses compensation claim

Norway’s Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from an Oslo high school teacher who was assaulted by a student in his classroom. Clemens Særs sought  NOK 250,000 in compensation from the city’s school district, but lost in both the local and appeals courts. Særs told newspaper Dagsavisen that he has no regrets, even […]

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 […]

International school closed on Friday

The private and expensive Oslo International School in Bærum (OIS) chose to close its doors on Friday, the first in Norway to do so because of concerns over the Corona virus. At least eight other Norwegian schools and one day care center have also been hit by the virus, but their infected students were so […]

Armed, uniformed man arrested at school

Police in Trondheim arrested a young Norwegian man in an armed operation at a local high school on Wednesday. The man, who turned out to be former student, was dressed in military camouflage and carrying ammunition and a knife. Alarms rang just before noon, when state broadcaster NRK reported that police had received a call […]

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. […]

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 […]

Climate strikers defy adults’ scoldings

They were out early in front of the Parliament on Friday, and some had camped overnight. As thousands also gathered all over the country for Norway’s biggest school strikes for the climate so far, they faced both ridicule and scoldings from an elder generation of politicians and other adults who still support the country’s oil […]

Violence rising at primary schools

Armed police and emergency health care personnel responded swiftly to calls of a “threatening situation” involving a knife at a primary school in Oslo this week. Eight minutes later they had control of the suspect, a little boy who apparently was angry with his teacher. It was just the latest example of violence at Norwegian […]