Ola Borten Moe – minister non grata?

Ola Borten Moe – minister non grata?
Ola Borten Moe – minister non grata?

There has been a storm around the government’s policy for higher education and students since the Støre government put forward proposals for the state budget for next year.

– Being a student today is not the same as it was. My fellow students and I are not asking for a life of luxury. We ask that today’s students get the same conditions as you before us, thundered head of the Norwegian Student Organization Maika Marie Godal Dam at the student political summit this autumn.

They are now putting their trust in SV and their proposal to increase student aid, while they are now sitting in government negotiations with the governing parties Ap and Sp.

– Formalizes the dissatisfaction

The discontent has now spread. On Thursday evening, the Student Parliament meets at the University of Oslo (UiO). The Student Parliament prepares student policy and is the university’s highest trust body. The Legal Student Committee (JSU) has advanced a resolution, i.e. a decision on an official position, to declare Research and Higher Education Minister Ola Borten Moe (Sp) persona non grata, i.e. an unwanted person, at the University of Oslo. The resolution is proposed to be adopted.

The proposal is justified, among other things, by the fact that Borten Moe has, over a long period of time, prioritized the students’ welfare and “shown a lack of interest in carrying out his responsibility to develop and strengthen the higher education sector”. “The student parliament therefore feels compelled to react to Borten Moe’s behaviour, and send a clear signal to the government that he is unsuitable as minister of research and higher education”, it is written further.

Sander Bøe Bertelsen is head of JSU. He says that the proposal was adopted proposed at a meeting a few weeks ago. Something atypical, he points out himself, and points out that they traditionally do not have much proposal activity for the Student Parliament at JSU.

– The idea behind it was really to formalize the impression we have had of the Student Parliament’s politics and attitude externally, and to get it down on paper.

Bertelsen refers, among other things, to several cases at Universitas where members of the student parliament have criticized the government’s education policy.

– We wanted the legal expression for the most formal word for unwelcome, he says and adds that he is happy that they got support for the proposal.

– If the proposal is adopted, do you think it will be followed?

– I am very uncertain about that.

– Expression of frustration

Oline Sæther is head of the Student Parliament at UiO, and is happy that the members use the opportunity to submit resolutions and make statements. She can understand where the frustration comes from:

– These are difficult times for students with tight finances. Students feel that they are not given priority, and we think that this resolution is an expression of this frustration.

– It is a somewhat atypical move and proposal not to welcome the minister who can affect the students’ situation to the university?

– It will be up to the Student Parliament to assess and take a position on what is in this resolution, concludes Sæther, who does not wish to comment on the proposal beyond this.

However, it is not the first time that Borten Moe has received reprimands from the student masses formulated as statutes and proposals. In April, the Student Association in Trondheim presented a motion of no confidence against Borten Moe, due to announced cuts in a construction project for a new campus in Trondheim. The proposal was not adopted.
Universitas has submitted the allegations to the Ministry of Education, which has not commented on the matter.

The article is in Norwegian

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