Saturday, November 27

Students fear exam contagion

According to the plan, many ordinary school exams will be held this winter. It creates fear.

Students fear that exams could become a contagion bomb. The reason is that fellow students may show up with symptoms, or fail to test themselves.

In recent weeks, VG has been contacted by students in several places in the country who are concerned about the completion of ordinary exams. The Norwegian Student Organization says they have received many inquiries. Now they are asking schools and universities to provide better information and set up more alternative exam dates.

Tuva Todnem Lund in the Norwegian Student Organization.

– The entire study may be delayed if you have to drop an exam due to symptoms. Then someone can choose to show up anyway – and it spreads fear of infection. The solution is to set up more exams and provide better information, says leader Tuva Todnem Lund.

Check what the campuses answer further down.

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University of Oslo

UiO asks sick students to postpone exams.

The University of Oslo (UiO) states that they have several infection control measures that they have continued this autumn as well:

– Among other things, that only half of the seats in the halls are used. There will therefore always be at least one meter distance between the candidates during the exam, says director of studies Hanna Eikeli.

UiO encourages students to stay at home and get tested for symptoms of covid-19, even if they have been fully vaccinated. If you are ill, you must document this, and can apply for a postponed exam or submission deadline.

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At NTNU, ordinary exams will be arranged as planned.

– I understand that some students are restless, but so far few students have been infected in our three study cities Trondheim, Gjøvik and Ålesund. The municipal chiefs in the three cities believe that the exam can be carried out as planned, says vice-rector for education, Marit Reitan.

She states that more exams than usual will be digital anyway, because some of the permanent premises are currently vaccination premises for the municipality.

– The principal has decided that students can submit self-declaration as documentation of valid absence from the exam. This applies to both absence due to coronavirus and other causes. During the physical exam, we recommend that students wear face masks when moving around the exam room, but they do not need to use this when sitting at the desk.

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BI and Oslo.

Director of study quality at BI, Nicole Ebbing, says there will be a maximum of 100 students per room during the exam – and a few with up to 250.

– BI will also make an assessment of the need for extraordinary continuation if there should be some exam completions with extra large deviations when it comes to attendance, says Ebbing.

The BI students’ organization BISO says they have had a dialogue with the management for some time about this matter:

– It is very understandable that the students are worried about infection during physical attendance on campuses during exams, says Maya-Katrin Skjeldal at BISO.


Acting Vice-Rector Silje Bringsrud Fekjær states that there will be a number of measures in the ordinary examination.

– There is at least one meter between the examination desks, hand alcohol is available and we have ensured early admission, so that the students do not have to stand in line on the way into the examination room, says Bringsrud Fekjær.

She states that students who have symptoms of corona, are in quarantine or have passed a positive test, can submit self-certification as documentation of absence and deregistration from the exam.

– These students then have the right to register for a new and postponed exam.

Kristiania University College

– Most of our exams are organized as home exams, so we have the best possible readiness for any new recommendations and restrictions. A small number are still local due to important quality considerations, says Lene Torjul Reutz at Kristiania University College.

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