Norway cancels all school exams

Norway cancels all school exams
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Pupils in Norway’s schools might breathe a sigh of relief after the government announced on Monday that all written exams, and most oral exams, are to be cancelled this spring because of disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The teaching given to students this year has in some cases varied substantially, something that gives different grounds for assessment,” said Norway’s Minister of Education Guri Melby in a press release.

“A common and equal written assessment is therefore no longer an appropriate method to measure what the pupils have been taught,” she said.

Pupils in year 10 of elementary school and third year of high school will still need to complete an oral examination.

The government is now looking into the option of having coursework or other forms of assessments externally reviewed.

“It’s important for me to stress that pupils whose exams are cancelled will still receive transcripts with grades they may use to apply for university and further education,” Melby said.


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