The Country Governor of Hordaland holds the position as the national executive agency for education and training of persons that are under the supervision of the criminal services.

In Norway the right to free education for all adults is guaranteed by law, up to and including upper secondary level. The Norwegian organization of prison education is based on the import-model. The principle of this model is that the prisoners are attended by the same public welfare providers (schools, health care, library etc) as society at large. Thus the responsibility for providing education to prisoners lies on appointed upper secondary schools.

The Ministry of Education and Research earmarks funding for prison education. The Country Governour of Hordaland holds the national responsibility to administer and repart the funds to the 19 different counties in Norway, who again allocate the funds to the local, upper secondary schools that open school departments in the prisons.   

A government white paper on prison education was published in 2005. A short version in English can be found here: