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Høyre wants to send teachers back to school

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Høyre wants to send teachers back to school
A Norwegian teacher in action. File photo: Bjørn Sigurdsøn/Scanpix
11:08 CEST+02:00
Norway's conservative opposition party Høyre would like teachers to keep studying, with those who refuse to comply threatened with the possibility of losing the right to teach. The government said teachers would never accept such a move.

Høyre politician Stefan Heggelund, a member of the Oslo city hall education committee, told the Klassekampen newspaper on Thursday that he would like the teaching profession to be considered high-status. But attracting top-notch candidates to teacher training also places demands on how politicians shape the profession, he admitted, saying the state would have to allocate funds for add-on courses.

"That also requires something from our side. We want to more than double the funds for further education," he told Klassekampen. 

But the proposal came with a caveat. Any study-shy teachers may not be deemed fit to keep their spot up by the black board.

"It is the most important profession. Teachers have the future of our country in their hands and make sure students get the best opportunities in life," Heggelund said. 

Norway's Education Minister Kristin Halvorsen, however, said that the proposal was not well founded. She said that the Education Union, which represents teachers and is Norway's second largest trade union, had rejected similar ideas at its recent annual meeting. 

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