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Why Are Finland's Schools so Successful?



There are no mandated standardized tests in Finland, apart from one exam at the end of students senior year in high school. There are no rankings, no comparisons or competition between students, schools or regions. Finlands schools are publicly funded. The people in the government agencies running them, from national officials to local authorities, are educators, not business people, military leaders or career politicians. Every school has the same national goals and draws from the same pool of university-trained educators. The result is that a Finnish child has a good shot at getting the same quality education no matter whether he or she lives in a rural village or a university town. The differences between weakest and strongest students are the smallest in the world, according to the most recent survey by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Equality is the most important word in Finnish education. All political parties on the right and left agree on this, said Olli Luukkainen, president of Finlands powerful teachers union.

Ninety-three percent of Finns graduate from academic or vocational high schools, 17.5 percentage points higher than the United States, and 66 percent go on to higher education, the highest rate in the European Union. Yet Finland spends about 30 percent less per student than the United States.

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Re: Why Are Finland's Schools so Successful?

Certain niche or specilised industries tertiary education requires examinations and passing them to qualify for a certificate. Areas where failure is not an option.

But i think Primary and secondary education should not stress on grades and examinations passes. In my opinion if the students failed but they have good records and character assessed in schools, they should be awarded with the PSLE and O/N-levels certificate nevertheless.

Take my experience working with many medical and social workers in the mental health setting, many of them passes the requirements for their jobs and are certified qualified for the jobs, but the way they work and their professinalism are way off the passing scale - let's face it, its just a job no matter the media potrays how holistic it is.

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