15,000 pupils who struggle with Norwegian received less special language instructions during pandemic

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A total of 15,468 pupils in primary school had their lessons with special language instruction cut after the schools reopened after the corona closure this spring.

Around 41,000 pupils with limited Norwegian skills and language comprehension were entitled to special instruction last year, figures that newspaper VG has been given access to from the Primary and Lower Secondary School’s information system (GSI) show.

Due to a lack of language skills, these students struggle to keep up with other lessons because they do not understand everything the teacher says or, for example, the entire text of the math assignment.

More than 15,000 of them have had fewer hours than normal even after the schools reopened – and as the school year continued.

“Invisible” group

Marit Lunde, deputy head of the National Center for Multicultural Education at Oslo Met, is not surprised as the schools have been in a difficult situation. 

However, she believes that these students are also in a worse position regardless of the pandemic situation.

She says that this group does not have any strong spokespersons or organizations that can speak in their favor in public.

“The problem with this (group’s) “invisibility” is greater now when the situation is so difficult in schools due to the infection,” Lunde warned.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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