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The Foreigner Immigrant minor Norwegian non-fluency concerns officials. Norway’s child ombudsman expresses concern about minority children’s lack of sufficient Norwegian language skills, reports say. “We risk contributing creating non-achievers at school,” declares Anne Lindboe. In the Aftenposten article, it is reported that 70 percent of minority children possess inadequate Norwegian language skills when they start school, meaning they require special tuition there.

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Immigrant minor Norwegian non-fluency concerns officials

Published on Friday, 8th February, 2013 at 15:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Norway’s child ombudsman expresses concern about minority children’s lack of sufficient Norwegian language skills, reports say.



“We risk contributing creating non-achievers at school,” declares Anne Lindboe.

In the Aftenposten article, it is reported that 70 percent of minority children possess inadequate Norwegian language skills when they start school, meaning they require special tuition there.

The government has spent several hundred million kroner on free day care places in certain parts of Oslo, Bergen, and Drammen since 2006 to better these children’s spoken and written Norwegian.

Selected municipalities have core time in day care devoted to improving their grasp of the language.

These measures are also designed to better equip the children before they start at a Norwegian school, and increase their socialisation possibilities.

They have not worked, according to Anne Lindboe, who also criticises the core time solution.

““We have failed to make sure to teach children adequate Norwegian to get by in school,” says ombudsman Anne Lindboe, “starting [to learn Norwegian] in kindergarten the last couple of years before beginning school is not good enough.”

Officials also face a self-created Norwegian fluency problem further up the age-scale when it comes to adults.

As previously reported on The Foreigner, the state does not provide funding for somewhat costly language courses.

This means volunteers have to run classes for EU country citizens who cannot afford to pay for these, as they are not required to learn Norwegian - there are separate introduction and integration programmes for refugees and asylum-seekers.

Apart from Norwegian employers’ discriminatory ‘we prefer our countrymen and no wrong colour for us’ attitude, this causes elective immigrants and others who do not speak Norwegian problems when wanting to get a job.

It even occurs in cases where individuals with more than adequate qualifications, or when English is the main working language.



Published on Friday, 8th February, 2013 at 15:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: immigrantsnorway, minoritiesnorway, norwegianlanguagetuition.





  
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