|The politics of the school uniform in Norway|
| [06.09.2011, 09:22am, Tue. GMT]|
|Deputy Mayor of Oslo Aud Kvalbein thinks simple school uniforms would be most relevant to primary school aged children, drawing inspiration from her grandchildren living in Britain. “It can help you identify with and have pride in your school. Even girls that are quite young experience pressure to be fashionable. This type of measure would eliminate it,” she told Aftenposten, advocating the capital would be a good place for the experiment.|
Ms Kvalbein, who is one of the candidates running for mayor in next week’s local elections, also explained that social justice and school healthcare standards, and care for the elderly is important to her Party.
The government is expected to dismiss her suggestions but one senior school teacher said that "In her experience of speaking to many hundreds of parents, they want their children to go to school looking smart and wearing a uniform."
Children in Norway start school in the year they reach the age of 6. Primary schooling lasts for 7 years and secondary schooling for 3. This total of 10 years is the compulsory minimum, but it is also quite usual to continue for 3 more years in the upper secondary school.
Only a small number of Norwegian children attend private schools. For the first few years the school day lasts about 4 hours, but increases gradually to 6 or 7 hours as the children advance in the school system.