Finland’s Education System

reform_pictureAccording to the “Business Insider, ” last year’s school education systems ranking stated Finland is the number one country with the best education system. Finland routinely tops rankings of global education systems and is famous for having no banding systems so all pupils, regardless of ability, are taught in the same classes. In conclusion, since “the gap between the weakest and the strongest pupils is the smallest in the world”. Schools in Finland also give comparatively not that much homework also having only one mandatory test at age sixteen.

The Finnish education system is grouped into levels of education. In general, only lower secondary education can study the completed upper secondary education. This training will define the objectives of each educational sector legislation. In addition to the laws of quality assurance include curriculum-based qualifications and criteria, an organization of training and licenses, as well as external evaluation. An important part of quality assurance is the regulations on teachers’ qualifications.

There has been implemented a huge education reform 40 years ago, which Finland’s school system has consistently come at the top for the international rankings for education systems.

The Finnish education system consists of nine years of general basic education (elementary school), before children have the right to participate in a year-long pre-school education. It also consists of post-primary education, vocational training, and secondary education. After all this, the higher education provides technical colleges and universities.

Now comparing between South Korea and Finland, two basically different ideologies exist behind the successes of each countries education systems. According to TED, the South Korean “talent is not a consideration because the culture believes in hard work and diligence above all, there is no excuse for failure. Children study year-round, both in-school and with tutors. If you study hard enough, you can be smart enough”. Now on contrary in Finland students are learning the benefits of both “rigor and flexibility”. I can definitely relate to both of the studying methods since I have studied in both countries. I must say when I was studying in Korea the students here really dedicate their time to studying, where’s in Finland there is more flexibility in studying. However, one thing that Finnish people share with South Koreans is a deep respect for the teachers and their academic accomplishments.

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