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The Foreigner NRK: Ethnic Norwegians choose non-immigrant schools. ‘Not true,’ says western Norway school principal. Norway's state broadcaster has reported about half of pupils at Bergen’s Slettebakken School are from an immigrant background, alleging head Anita Shepherd believes ethnic Norwegian parents are picking other institutions instead. "The facts are to the contrary. The parents get an option to choose a school from the 1st grade (from when the child is 6 years old) which school they want to send their children to,” Anita Shepherd tells The Foreigner. “Once they start school with us, the foreign students especially love it and don't want to quit. We sometimes hear complaints from these pupils’ parents, who want their kids to study in the same class as their friends,” she adds.

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NRK: Ethnic Norwegians choose non-immigrant schools. ‘Not true,’ says western Norway school principal

Published on Wednesday, 13th March, 2013 at 13:35 under the news category, by Shruti Chauhan.
Last Updated on 13th March 2013 at 15:04.

Norway's state broadcaster has reported about half of pupils at Bergen’s Slettebakken School are from an immigrant background, alleging head Anita Shepherd believes ethnic Norwegian parents are picking other institutions instead.



"The facts are to the contrary. The parents get an option to choose a school from the 1st grade (from when the child is 6 years old) which school they want to send their children to,” Anita Shepherd tells The Foreigner.

“Once they start school with us, the foreign students especially love it and don't want to quit. We sometimes hear complaints from these pupils’ parents, who want their kids to study in the same class as their friends,” she adds.

NRK mentions the principal as relating that previous problems of violence and disturbance are no longer a problem. Slettebakken also takes active steps towards integrating pupils into the community.

Confirming the number of immigrant-origin pupils – who have a different mother tongue – is rising, Anita Shepherd tells The Foreigner, “We have about 50% international students in the school as a whole, and over 50% between grades 1 and 4.”

“I think it’s because we are doing a good job of helping them integrate in the school and in the community. However, there are some neighbouring schools which have received complaints from Norwegian parents about the growing population of foreign students. This is definitely not from parents of pupils in our school.”

According to Slettebakken’s former principle, Kari Solberg Eng, the problem is of a different kind, where foreign parents want their children to integrate into the Norwegian culture "and are not appreciative of the growing number of foreign students in the school.”

“I hear of parents of foreign origin pulling their children out of school because they want to give their children a more Norwegian society.”

A common concern of parents, whether foreign or Norwegian, is the fact that some groups of immigrants come from a very different culture perhaps without or with very different education. Many parents across the spectrum may be slightly skeptical to these obvious differences in culture, she explains.

“I don’t work at Slettebakken any longer but am very proud of the fact that the school has one of the best results among schools in Bergen municipality. They must be doing something very right,” Kari Solberg Eng concludes, proudly.



Published on Wednesday, 13th March, 2013 at 13:35 under the news category, by Shruti Chauhan.
Last updated on 13th March 2013 at 15:04.

This post has the following tags: immigrantsnorway, bergenschools.





  
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