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Schools and education

Primary and lower secondary education

The right to a public primary and lower secondary education

Children and young people are obliged to attend primary and lower secondary education, and have the right to a public primary and lower secondary education. Parents can meet the obligation by means of publicly maintained primary and lower secondary schools or by means of other equivalent education.

When does the right to primary and lower secondary education apply?

The right to primary and lower secondary education applies when it is probable that the child will reside in Norway for a period of more than three months. The obligation to attend primary and lower secondary education commences as soon as residence has lasted for three months.

Children shall normally start to attend school in the calendar year in which they attain the age of 6 years. The right and obligation to attend school last until the pupil has completed the tenth year of schooling.

Oslo kommune is obligated to provide free public primary and lower secondary education to all children and young people residing in Oslo. To enroll your child at a primary or lower secondary school, please contact your local school. If you don't know what school is your local school, please follow the links below: