The Norwegian government is working on a crisis package for students

Henrik AsheimPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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Minister of Research and Higher Education Henrik Asheim (H) says the government is working on a crisis package that will help students with income loss.

“We are working on trying to find a solution for students who need it. This must be smaller in scope but more targeted than this spring. 

“Additionally, we are looking at how we can create more jobs in the country that are suitable for students who were left without work after the pandemic hit,” Asheim told Khrono.

A specific solution needed

“This spring, we were in a situation where unemployment increased very quickly as a result of us shutting down Norway. 

“Now the situation is different, and 8,000 people leave the unemployment queue every week. 

“Therefore, we must find a solution for students who need it, but at the same time are adapted to the current situation in the labor market,” he added.

Happy and surprised

The Norwegian student organization told news bureau NTB that they are both happy and surprised that the Minister has taken up this initiative.

The leader of the organization, Andreas Trohjell, says they are ready to contribute knowledge to create the best package for Norwegian students.

“The students have been in a difficult situation throughout the pandemic, and a package like this is badly needed,” Trohjell said.

Education policy spokesman for the Labor Party (AP) Torstein Tvedt Solberg told Khrono that the opposition has been fighting for the students, but without success.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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