Rådhuset, Rådhusplassen 1, 0037 OSLO
Rådhuset, Rådhusplassen 1, 0037 OSLO
The Vice Mayor for Education
Vice Mayor for Education Inga Marte Thorkildsen (Socialist Left Party)
Vice Mayor Thorkildsen is responsible for kindergartens, primary, secondary and adult education. She emphasizes the importance of using methods of early intervention in the education system, more highly skilled teachers in primary education, and closer cooperation with universities, colleges and businesses.
Inga Marte Thorkildsen (b. 1976) was the Minister for Children, Equality and Integration in the Stoltenberg II-Government (2012-13). She was a Member of Parliament for Vestfold from 2001-2013 and she was the deputy-leader of the Socialist Left Party from 201-2015. As an MP, Vice Mayor Thorkildsen has been member of the Finance Committee, the Energy and the Environment Committee, the Health and Care Services Committee and the Justice Committee. Thorkildsen also led the parliamentarian network for children’s rights. Inga Marthe Thorkildsen holds a bachelor degree (2000) in Political Science and History of Religions from the University of Oslo.
In 2015 Thorkildsen published a book on violence, neglect and sexual assaults against children. She was a Special Adviser in the foundation Forandringsfabrikken (The Change Factory) from 2014-2016 and in the same period she worked with the national competence network for children as next of kin, Barns Beste (Children Carers).
Areas of responsibility
Oslo has 780 kindergartens with a total of 36,000 children aged 0-6 years. More than half of the kindergartens are private. Kindergartens may have different educational profiles or put special emphasis on various themes, such as recreation, art or music. All kindergartens are obliged to follow the Kindergarten Act and the national curriculum for quality and content. The City Government has committed itself to build 3,000 new kindergarten places and will ensure that all children in kindergartens in Oslo will have a safe and inclusive environment, with highly skilled employees that support the individual child's play, development and learning. Special emphasis is placed on children's language development.
Oslo has approximately 180 schools (primary and secondary schools, adult education centers, music and culture schools and special schools) with 85,000 students and apprentices. The schools' objectives are to strengthen the pupils’ key competences and progression, and more students and apprentices shall complete and pass secondary education. All students and apprentices shall be provided a good learning - and working environment. In Oslo there are major differences in the students' social, cultural and linguistic background and the school strives to compensate for these differences and give all students equal opportunities to further education. Cooperation with universities, colleges and the labour market is the foundation for Oslo as the knowledge capital.
After School Activity Program
The After School Activity Program is for students from 1st to 4th grade before and after school and in parts of the school holidays. Pupils with special needs can be part of the program until 7th grade. Each school is responsible for preparing local plans to ensure coordination between the school, the activity school, homework and leisure. The After School Activity Program target areas are nature, technology and environment; Food and Health; homework and specialization; arts, culture and creativity, as well as physical activity and play. The parents' income determines the admission fees for participation. Approximately ¾ of the pupils in grades 1-4 takes part in the After School Activity Program.
Vocational Education and Training
There are 4.800 active apprenticeships in Oslo. Approximately a share of 30 per cent of pupils in upper secondary education starts in vocational education and training. Oslo is working actively to obtain additional training establishments and attract more young people to choose vocational courses and complete their apprenticeships. For adults with long working experience within a profession, it is possible to take the craft- and journeyman examination directly. Oslo also offers short vocational courses at the technical school.
Adult Education in Oslo is for adults who want to complete their schooling. Offerings include primary education, secondary education, competence assessment, courses in Norwegian and social studies for immigrants, education in prison and special education at primary level for adults. Adults need to be over 25 years to be entitled to education. Instruction is provided at various campuses in the city and offers full- or part-time, daytime or evening classes. People with an immigrant background are the largest group among those in need of adult education in Oslo.
Construction of schools in Oslo
The student population in Oslo is growing rapidly in both primary and secondary education. In addition to building new schools, the city needs to rehabilitate existing buildings to maintain the capacity. In the period 2016-2019 8.2 billion NOK has been earmarked for investment in new schools and rehabilitation to meet future capacity needs. All school construction projects in Oslo are adopted by the City Council in a school needs plan. The Agency for Education order school buildings from Municipal Undertaking for Educational Buildings and Property, which develops, builds, operates and manages the municipal school buildings in Oslo.