Over 10,000 teachers have applied for furthering their education. Now 6,635 of the applications have been approved.
– It’s great to see so many teachers that to want to deepen their knowledge of the subjects they teach, and gratifying that municipalities follow this up by approving more than half of the applications. It shows that local authorities are willing to focus on professional development, Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen says in a press release.
Mathematics is the subject where the largest number of teachers have had their applications granted. 2012 of over 2,800 applications for this have been granted. For Norwegian and English around 65 per cent of the applications were granted.
It is still not certain that everyone who had their applicatins approved may start their studies right away. The approved applications will first be sent to the Directorate of Education and the universities and colleges. Last year 5300 of those were accepted as students in their chosen subjects.
– The teachers who are not offered to further their education now will have good chances in the coming years, Isaksen says and promises to continue to focus on this.
Several teachers fear they will not get the continuing education they need to fulfill the increased competence requirements that were introduced this year, with a transitional period of ten years.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today