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Union calls for dedicated research minister

The Norwegian government should appoint one minister for higher education and research, and another for basic education, the Norwegian Association of Researchers has said.

As it stands, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, the minister of education and research, is responsible for all policy between kindergarten education and research. According to the union, this has led to research policy being overshadowed by education, because politicians and the public are more interested in the latter.

To ensure that researchers have their voices heard, the two ministerial responsibilities should be separated, said Petter Aaslestad, head of the union. He was speaking with Forskeforum, a news website run by the union, on 12 September following the general election the day before.

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