Norway’s 2006 education reform to reduce inequality within schools is having the opposite effect, research by NOVA.
“What is surprising is that the trend is moving in the wrong direction. It has been a tendency that parents’ socioeconomic background has a greater impact on students’ grades after the introduction of the Knowledge Promotion than before,” researcher Anders Bakken at the Norwegian Social Research institute told NRK.
Mr Bakken also stated that boys and girls performed differently in schools as well as those with an immigrant background.
“On average, there has been a slight increase in both boys' and girls' grades under the Knowledge Promotion (Kunnskapsløftet) , but the girls' increase is slightly larger than that of boys. It is particularly in Norwegian, Mathematics and English that the girls' advantage has increased,” he said to Aftenposten.
Minister of Education Kristen Halvorsen told NRK that they had been aware of the differences for some time and that the Ministry is considering measures to solve the problem, like making the 8th-10th grade (aged 13 to 15 years) more practical and varied.
“We believe this will eventually yield results in terms of social cohesion,” she concluded.
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