Kindergartens and education
Children and young people are entitled to a full course of good-quality education from the time they start kindergarten until the completion of three years of upper-secondary school.
- Each municipality is obliged to offer kindergarten places to pre-school children living within the municipality. A child may be allocated a place in either a public or a private kindergarten.
- From the age of six, children and young people are entitled to, and obliged to undertake, 10 years' primary and lower-secondary education. They are also entitled to have this education funded by the Norwegian state. Responsibility for the provision of primary and lower-secondary education lies with the municipalities.
- Young people aged 16-19 are entitled to a state-funded upper-secondary education. Responsibility for the provision of upper-secondary education lies with the county councils.
The County Governor's supervisory and appellate role
The County Governor provides advice and information to the general public and owners of kindergartens and schools in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act, the Private Education Act, the Kindergarten Act and associated regulations. The County Governor is also responsible for hearing appeals about individual decisions in this area and for carrying out inspections in accordance with the Education and Kindergarten Acts.
Grants for schools and kindergartens
In general it is the school or kindergarten owner or the local municipality that is entitled to receive state funding. The County Governor has responsibilities relating to the auditing and follow-up of such funding and also hears appeals about funding-related issues.