Language training, particularly for minority pupils
Pupils with a mother tongue other than Norwegian or Sami may apply for special training in Norwegian until they have achieved sufficient skills in Norwegian to follow ordinary education in the school. If necessary, the pupils have the right to training in their own mother tongue, bilingual language in special subjects, or both. This may apply to new arrivals and other minority pupils with very limited Norwegian. Training in the mother tongue may take place at another school than that which the pupils attends on a daily basis.
Pupils from minority language backgrounds in the primary, lower secondary and upper secondary schools
- The pupil must have another mother tongue than Norwegian or Sami
- The pupil does not have sufficient ability in Norwegian to follow normal classes
- Qualified staff are available in the municipality (applies to mother tongue training and bilingual special subject education)
- Lov om behandlingsmåten i forvaltningssaker av 10. februar 1967 Forvaltningsloven
- FOR-2006-06-23-724 Forskrift til opplæringslova
- Opplæringslova § 2-8
- Privatskolelova § 3-5
- Opplæringslova § 3-12
- Informasjon om endringer i opplæringsloven (rundskriv F-14-08)
You may contact the municipality (primary and lower secondary school) or the county (upper secondary school) for assistance in applying for special language education.
If you are not satisfied with the decision, you may appeal to the municipality/county within three weeks of having been informed. Explain why you are dissatisfied and why you feel the decision should be changed. If you need assistance, you may ask the municipality. If the municipality/county upholds its original decision, the matter will be sent to the county governor (for pupils in primary and lower secondary schols) or the county appeals board (for pupils in upper sdecodary schools), which will decide whether the appeal may be allowed.
The municipality (for primary and lower secondary schools) and the county (for upper secondary schools) shall consider your application as soon as possible. If the matter cannot be determined within one month, you will be informed of this in writing with the reasons for the delay. At the same time you will be informed when you may expect to hear of the municipality’s decision.
The municipality shall obtain the necessary information in order to determine the matter. A decision will consequently be made. Normally, a reason is given for the decision at the same time. You will always be given a reason if there are grounds to believe that you will not be satisfied with the decision. If the reasons are not stated, you may ask the municipality. This should be done within the time limit for making an appeal.