Kritisch rapport over
grote problemen van het onderwijs in Noorwegen: zwakke leerprestaties, veel schooluitval ...
The Minister for Knowledge, the Conservative (Høyre) partys
Torbjørn Røe Isaksen said the fact Norwegian schools werent arming students
with basic skills was deeply concerning, especially given Norway is one of the
worlds richest countries. He said more options were needed for young people
who arent academically inclined. (Dus: meer technische opties in de lagere
cyclus. Om demotivatie bij leerlingen die minder theorie-minded zijn zijn te voorkomen.)
We need more variation in vocational courses, more
alternative tracks were man can enter the workforce earlier in combination with
theory, or even before the theoretical part, Isaksen told VG. We know that
those with reading and writing difficulties are overrepresented both in NAV and
among prisoners. This is one of our biggest social problems, and a challenge we
have swept under the carper for all too many years.
The new OECD report said an alarming number of young
Norwegians drop out of school lacking basic numeracy and literacy skills,
meaning too many adults struggle to find employment and become dependent on
welfare handouts. The report showed Norwegians between the ages of 16 and 24
are also much weaker than in many other countries, based on research including
results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) surveys.
Low-skilled dropouts end up in the welfare system, and the struggle to enter
Among the reports key findings were that 400,000 adults
were at the lowest level when it came to reading and numeracy, the drop out
rate in secondary and higher education remained consistently around 30 percent,
and Norway had the highest absentee rate of any OECD country, Young peoples
choice of higher education did not line up with areas of workforce demand, and
Norway lacked a coordinated skills policy.
Few options for struggling students
Christopher Frost dropped out of secondary school, and now
the 22-year-old is trying to complete the subjects he couldnt get through as a
teenager. I understand why the dropout numbers are so high in Norway, he told
VG. Many teachers dont care that they dont learn anything.More alternatives
Minister for Knowledge, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen said more
options were needed for young people who arent academically inclined. We need
more variation in vocational courses, more alternative tracks were man can
enter the workforce earlier in combination with theory, or even before the
Immigrants are also
over-represented in groups of adults with weak skills. And when we look at
this, we see theres also an integration challenge, said Isaksen. Large parts
of many immigrant groups are not in work. It is harder to get a job when you
lack fundamental skills.
The report also showed the number of people with
disabilities returning to work is much lower in Norway compared to other
countries, 10 percent of those of working age are on a disability pension, and
four percent are under work assessment.