Norway is currently facing a situation where the needs of the society and working life for expertise in mathematics and a number of natural science and technological fields are not being met. This means that the educational system is not providing sufficient MST competence. This is serious and will be a barrier to a positive trend for innovation and for working life and society in general.
We need a strategy for developing the necessary competence in the population that society, working life and trade and industry need in the natural science and technological areas. One of the most important policy instruments for succeeding in this is to strengthen the teaching of MST in education in Norway. Thus the government has in its inaugural declaration the following formulation: "especially strengthen the MST competency throughout the whole educational pathway and increase the efforts to recruit students to these subjects".
Increased competence in MST and better recruitment are the core elements in the strategy that is hereby being submitted: A joint promotion of MST.