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Immigrant children take education more seriously than Norwegians. Eight out of ten girls complete 6th-form College. Norwegian pupils score badly when it comes to how important they think going to school is. Statistics Norway (Statistisk Sentralbyrå –SSB) has recently completed a survey on immigrants’ demography and their living conditions on the east side of Oslo in the districts of Groruddalen and Søndre Nordstrand; the results make a mockery of both predictions and social statistics, according to aftenposten.no. The paper interviewed two girls, one of whose parents are immigrants from Morocco, and the other’s who are from Pakistan. Both come from an environment with the worst social problems, highest unemployment numbers, and lowest level of education in Norway.

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Immigrant children take education more seriously than Norwegians

Published on Monday, 20th July, 2009 at 22:50 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Eight out of ten girls complete 6th-form College.

Happy Islamic student and graduation cap
Happy Islamic student and graduation cap
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Disproving the generalisations

Norwegian pupils score badly when it comes to how important they think going to school is. Statistics Norway (Statistisk Sentralbyrå –SSB) has recently completed a survey on immigrants’ demography and their living conditions on the east side of Oslo in the districts of Groruddalen and Søndre Nordstrand; the results make a mockery of both predictions and social statistics, according to aftenposten.no.

The paper interviewed two girls, one of whose parents are immigrants from Morocco, and the other’s who are from Pakistan. Both come from an environment with the worst social problems, highest unemployment numbers, and lowest level of education in Norway.

Despite this, however, they join the statistics that reveal that 79 percent of all girls in Oslo who were born in Norway with immigrant parents complete 6th-form College; ten percent higher than the number of Norwegians.

“It’s gratifying that Norwegian-born children with an immigrant background do so well. I think it’s surprising that they do better in Groruddalen than the rest of the country. One explanation is that many of the girls are from immigrant families where the parents had a basic education before they came to Norway,” says Vebjørn Aalandslid, who made the survey.

Both the girls are now at university.

Boys lag behind

The results are not equally high for the boys, however. Over half dropped out in the course of a five-year period, and only 37 percent who had been in Norway for a maximum of four years stayed the course.

“The boys begin working, and maybe there’s more pressure on them to earn money,” says the girl from Morocco.

According to SSB, there are 508,000 people living in Norway from a total of 214 countries who have either immigrated themselves, or who were born in Norway of immigrant parents. Approximately 233,000 inhabitants are from Europe.



Published on Monday, 20th July, 2009 at 22:50 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: immigrant, work, education, norwegians, college, important, drop-outs, study, university, generalisations, prejudices.





  
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