The school system of Finland is undoubtedly one of the best school systems in the world. The Finnish school system is regarded as most effective and proper education system that a country can have. Many other countries of the world are trying to adopt the school structure of Finland but what’s makes it so special and effective?
Strategy and Structuring
Finland’s main focus is to make it as much easier as possible for pupils to reach school. They achieve this by making schools nearer to homes while if that is not possible then provide them with free and easy transportation. The education system in the country is totally free and they make sure that the quality of schools across the country remains same. One of the main highlights is that fully subsidized free meals are also served to full-time students.
The structuring of schools is in such a way that for toddlers and small children, they have daycare programs. One year pre-schools or K-G, also known as Kindergarten for six-year-olds. A basic comprehensive system for students aged nine to sixteen while for teens and adults, proper education of university and diploma etc are easily available.
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The most amazing feature of Finland’s school system is that there is not test. Until the senior year of high school, there is no standardized testing. Despite the fact that, Finland has been scoring high in science and reading testings internationally, there are no tests. Thus teachers do not teach to take tests but to make students understand things, the result of which we can witness.
Highly Qualified Teachers
Schools have highly skilled teachers who are trained to make the environment stress free. Teaching in Finland is comparatively seen as a big and desirable career. Teachers in Finland earn more than doctors or lawyers. Due to a high level of staff available and highly educated candidates, the government of Finland recruits only those teachers who fulfill the job criteria properly. The government also releases a high amount of funds for students who are weak and cannot afford to enroll. While poverty is not a big problem but still country’s the first priority is to make education available for everyone.
While normally formal education starts at an early age of 4 in almost every country. In Finland, a student does not start receiving formal education until the age of 7. The Finnish government believes that their students get a strong foundation in this structure of the system. The government also provides support programs for expecting mothers by giving them a baby box filled with books, clothing and other infant material.
Equality among schools
Finnish schools are similar in quality across Finland. This reduces the fear of competition and shifting children to other expensive schools for better education. Finland has been successful in minimizing the differences among schools, therefore, it does not matter where the child is studying. Students completing high schools also know that the state would be paying for their post-graduate educations too.
While it is impossible to say that a single country’s school system beats all others but it can be said that the one that has been consistent in maintaining the quality is Finland. Every other country should definitely learn from Finland and their school system and try to adopt and implement it.