In Finland, students start school at 9:30, finish before 2:30 pm and are not required to take any standardized exams.
Teachers are respected as doctors
Finland attaches importance to education. Here, teaching career is the desire of many people and has a very high rate of job competition.
Viikki Pedagogical School, east of Helsiki, is described as a laboratory for prospective teachers with modern facilities. Kimmo Koskinen, the principal, said investing in the school is a way of showing respect to the pedagogy, which is just as important as training doctors.
The starting salary for teachers in Finland is about 40,000-50,000 USD a year, slightly lower than the doctor’s salary.
Students start learning when they are 7 years old
Finnish students are not required to attend preschool. At this level, they are not taught how to read and write but participate in group activities. Finnish children start going to school when they are 7 years old, after 9 years of compulsory schooling. By the end of grade 9 at the age of 16, it is up to the children to decide whether or not to continue.
Students have the right to decide on their studies
In Finland, the 1998 Education Law allows students to own. This educational model places students at the center, learns to be the leader and is responsible for all of their decisions. They may require shorter hours per day, less homework and more nutritious lunches …
A student is doing a chemical experiment at the Children’s Laboratory, Heureka Science Center (Vantaa, Finland). Photo: Shutterstock
The learning pressure is minimized
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Finnish students study from 9h to 9h45 and end around 2:30 pm, with the smallest amount of work and homework in the world. Finnish students also do not have tutors but excel in knowledge and culture thanks to a low-stress education.
The lack of homework, the late start time, facilitating vocational training for students who do not go to college, Finnish education creates less pressure. Many standard programs for students to work without a bachelor’s or master’s degree. This support helps students explore options instead of just going to college.
A teacher teaches many years
In order to improve the quality of education and help teachers understand the academic ability and personality of each student, Finnish education arranges teachers to teach one class in 6 school years. Thanks to this, teachers and students are connected, trusting each other like family members, helping them to get better advice before making choices for the future.
There are no standardized tests
Finland does not have a standardized test. The only “exam” applied nationwide is national enrollment. At this exam, students are assessed and scored by teachers who have followed them for a long time. Even if you do not want this assessment, students can completely refuse.