More students finish high school in Norway

Unrest School Student High SchoolStudent talking to class. Illustration photo: Shane Colvin / Faculty of Educational Sciences, UiO

More graduates from high school – the North is lagging

Three out of four students who started in 2012 graduated from high school within five years. That is a record. The students in Northern Norway are lagging behind, though.


The proportion of graduates has increased by around 5 percentage points from 2006 to 2012. 74.5 per cent is the largest proportion since the measurements began, and is an increase of 1.5 percentage points from the year before.

– The aim of the Government is that nine out of ten students who start in high school should complete their studies and pass the final exams before 2030. These figures show that we are on the right track, says Jan Tore Sanner (Conservatives). Sanner is the Norwegian Minister of Knowledge and Integration.

All counties in Norway have increased the number of students that complete their studies and graduate from 2006 to 2012. Sogn and Fjordane have had the lowest increase but still, they hold the number three position. The biggest increase in the proportion that completes secondary education has been in Troms and Finnmark.

North Norway still at the bottom

– Troms and Finnmark are among the counties with the greatest challenges, but it is positive to see that the proportion that completes their studies is increasing the most in these counties. This is very good, but it is important that the schools and counties make an extra effort so that fewer drops out of school. This is crucial for the affected students, says Sanner.

Nordland, Troms and Finnmark are at the bottom of the counties, with a graduate proportion of 66.8, 68.8 and 60.8 per cent, respectively. Oslo and Akershus throne at the top with 78.4 and 79.7 per cent, respectively.

The proportion that completes and passes is far higher among students following a preparatory education program (88 per cent) than among students following vocational education programs (60 per cent).


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