Over 11,000 teachers have applied for further education this year. But many teachers still need more education to continue in their profession.
According to the Ministry of Education, 11,296 teachers have applied for further education before the deadline expired on March 1. This is 16 more than last year. Many of them need more education to continue as approved teachers after 2025.
The government has allocated NOK 1.54 billion for further education for teachers this year. It is now up to the municipalities and other school owners to approve the applications, before the educational institutions proceed with admission.
– It is important that the municipalities approve as many as possible. This is especially true of the places many teachers still lack sufficient depth in the subjects they teach, says Minister of Knowledge and Integration Trine Skei Grande (V) in a press release.
The Directorate for Education will prioritize applicants for the subjects English, mathematics, Norwegian, Norwegian sign language and Sami in primary school.
One in four teachers who teach mathematics today lack the specialization they need to meet the future requirements. Norwegian subjects apply to every six teachers, and English teachers apply to every third teacher.
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