Primary, lower- and upper-secondary education
Basic education in Norway consists of primary and lower-secondary school, together with upper-secondary education. Responsibility for primary and lower-secondary education lies with the municipalities. Upper-secondary education and training is the responsibility of county councils. Accredited private schools may also offer primary and lower-secondary education.
The role of the County Governor
The County Governor is responsible for ensuring that examinations held in primary, lower- and upper-secondary schools, national tests and compulsory electronic assessments are completed in accordance with relevant laws and guidelines.
The County Governor is responsible for providing guidance to county councils, municipalities and the owners of private schools in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act and the Private Education Act. The County Governor also has a supervisory responsibility for ensuring that school owners operate their institutions in accordance with relevant statutory and regulatory requirements.
The County Governor is responsible for processing appeals concerning specific measures in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act, the Private Education Act and associated regulations. Any appeal concerning an individual decision must first be submitted to the decision-making body that made the decision. If the decision-making body does not allow the appeal, or does not reject the case, the matter should be referred to the County Governor for final resolution.
The Education Act
Regulations adopted under the Education Act
The Private Education Act
Regulations adopted under the Private Education Act
The Directorate for Education and Training