The Minister of Education on the teachers’ strike: – It is a serious situation

On Wednesday, the Minister of Education welcomed 30 children from 5th to 10th grade and from all over the country. The visit was part of the government’s work to get input for a report to the Storting which will look at the challenges that these children have in everyday school life.

While the minister was inside the government’s representative residence with the 30 young guests, the situation between the country’s teachers and the employers’ organization KS is equally deadlocked. So far, over 8,000 teachers have been taken out on strike, but notice of further withdrawals is expected in the coming days.

– Serious situation

– It is a serious situation, and the situation for the students becomes more serious the longer the strike lasts, says Brenna when she is asked how she sees the situation.

– I hope the parties have that seriousness with them. They are the ones who hold the key to getting the students back, she continues.

The Minister cannot intervene in the ongoing strike unless there is a danger to life and health.

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In recent days, there have been many stories about how the strike affects vulnerable students.

On Wednesday, the Education Association reports that around 3,000 exemptions have been granted during the strike, and that around 90 per cent of the applications for such exemptions have been granted.

– We receive feedback from state administrators and the Norwegian Directorate of Education and monitor how things are going with our students. It is serious that there are many students who do not have a full-fledged offer, says Brenna.

(© NTB)

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