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Norway could get more private schools. The Norwegian True Blue coalition intends to remove Centre-Left ban, they say. Non-state school establishment rights were restricted under the previous government after they assumed power in 2005. While education unions have attacked education schemes for talented students, increasing numbers of pupils have been applying for private schools and international schools in recent years, however.

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Norway could get more private schools

Published on Monday, 13th January, 2014 at 08:51 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 13th January 2014 at 10:15.

The Norwegian True Blue coalition intends to remove Centre-Left ban, they say.

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Non-state school establishment rights were restricted under the previous government after they assumed power in 2005.

While education unions have attacked education schemes for talented students, increasing numbers of pupils have been applying for private schools and international schools in recent years, however.

The OECD have criticised Norway’s egalitarian school system. The latest PISA tests have also shown Norwegian school pupils’ performance in mathematics and the sciences is lagging behind.

As previously reported in one article, inadequate challenges at school meant one family chose to move to Denmark with their gifted child. Several of Norway’s richest people have also been sending their children to schools abroad.         

Conservative (H) Education Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen has now dispatched a consultation letter. It contains a proposal to scrap current restrictions on establishing private schools. In it, he writes the move is part of a “major project aimed at comprehensive legislative changes to implement government policy.”

“The Ministry intends to submit a proposal for more extensive and permanent legislative changes for consultation in autumn 2014 and present these to parliament in the spring of 2015."

Vårt Land also writes the document contains a proposal for an interim measure until new legislation is in place. This would mean some private schools could be established by exemption.

At the same time, Socialist Left Party (SV) politicians now plan to lobby present coalition allies the Christian Democrats (KrF) and Liberals (V) to try and stop support for the move.

Legislation can only be changed with support from one of these two Centre-Right Parties, according to the paper.




Published on Monday, 13th January, 2014 at 08:51 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 13th January 2014 at 10:15.

This post has the following tags: norwayeducation, norwayschools.





  
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