On Wednesday, an extraordinary board meeting was held on the matter after it was announced last week that the government in the state budget instructed the Police College (PHS) to cut the number of places of study from 550 to 400. In addition, all deductions would be taken in Oslo, while educational institutions in Stavern and Bodø need peace.
This contradicts the recommendations of PHS and the Police Directorate, who want to maintain their place of study in Oslo. The governing body, which is the highest body of PHS, is very critical of what they believe to be the overriding of the state.
"It is our view that the Ministry of Justice and Emergency Management intervenes directly in the council's autonomy when deciding where to cut students," chairman Hans Vik told Khrono.
The Council has decided to send a letter on the matter to the Ministry of Justice and Emergencies, with copies to the Justice Committee and the Education and Research Committee in Storting.
Among those who have responded to this case is Marit Arnstad from the Central Party, who considers the government to be totally inconsistent.
– For other educational institutions, such as the University of the North, the government uses the argument that one must not enter and override the council's decision on the place of study and study design, Arnstad said last week.