Published by SchoolAdvisor on Dec 02, 2016, 12:08 PM
Everyone has been talking about Finland's education system. Its unorthodox education system is deemed to be one of the best in world simply by going against the evaluation-driven, centralised model that many countries use.
There are few, if any mandatory tests in Finland until a single exam at the end of high school. There's also little homework!
To ensure that children with learning or behaviour disabilities that are struggling don't fall behind, schools hire teaching aids who undergo an extra year of education to supplement teacher's efforts.
The highest in Europe, to date.
At the age of 16, students can decide if they want to attend the Finnish equivalent of high school to prepare them for university or enter vocational training.
Finnish language education begins on the first day of school. By age nine, students begin Swedish (Finland's second official language) and at 11, they start learning a third language, usually English. Many students even take on a fourth language around the age of 13. Students are tested on their first two languages in a matriculation exam for university placement.
They also receive a 15-minute break after every lesson. Outdoor physical activity is highly-encouraged and some lessons are taught outside.
Teachers spend at least two hours on building curriculum and assessing student progress. With fewer teaching hours, students are not overwhelmed with class, and teachers are not struggling to prepare.
You need more than a bachelor's degree and a teaching certificate to teach in Finland.
Teachers are given guidelines for what they have to teach, but they are not given prescriptions for how to teach it. This allows the highly trained teachers to develop a curriculum geared towards teaching their unique group of students.
In most countries (Malaysia included), students get a new teacher every year. In Finland, a teacher likely sticks with the same group of students for five years. This gives teachers the opportunity to form relationships with their students and also to better know students as learners.
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