Within the Finnish Government, the Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for developing educational, science, cultural, sport and youth policies and international cooperation in these fields. 

The Minister of Education, Science and Communications, Ms. Krista Kiuru is responsible for education and science policies and the Minister of Culture and Housing, Ms. Pia Viitanen for cultural, and youth policies. Minister of Defence Mr Carl Haglund (Ministry of Defence) is responsible for matters relayed to sport. The church affairs, which fall under the Ministry of Education and Culture, are handled by the Minister of the Interior, Ms Päivi Räsänen (Ministry of the Interior).

The new core curriculum for basic education emphasises the joy of learning

pojatThe new core curriculum for basic education will be introduced in schools in August 2016. The curriculum emphasises the joy of learning and the pupils´ active role. It is based on the learning conception that positive emotional experiences, collaborative working and interaction as well as creative activity enhance learning.

The Finnish National Board of Education has confirmed the new national core curriculum for basic education. 

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Basic education of the future – Let's turn the trend!

tulevaisuuden_peruskouluFinnish education has received international acclaim for its high quality. In recent years, however, national and international evaluations have indicated a decline in the learning outcomes of pupils completing their basic education. The significance of competence and learning in future society and motivation and teaching were selected as the flagship themes of the project Basic education of the future – Let's turn the trend!

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Every child in Finland has the same educational starting point

varhaiskasvatusFinnish children are now obliged by law to be taught before entering primary school . The new preschool education law came into effect on 1 January. Previously, preschool education was the child’s prerogative in Finland.
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Fee proposed for handling higher education applications of students with qualifications acquired outside Europe

opiskelijatThe proposed fee for handling applications would be introduced for entrants to tertiary education starting in autumn 2016. The fee would apply to applicants who have completed their pre-higher education qualifications in educational institutions in countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland.

The Government gave a supplementary government proposal on 4 December 2014 related to the government proposal on reforming student admissions. The proposed sum is EUR 100. Only the applications of those who have paid the required fee would be processed. 

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Education at a Glance: Long study periods in Finland

eduglanceThe OECD published its annual indicators on education (Education at a Glance). It compares different OECD countries and partner countries in the light of educational levels, employment by educational attainment, the financial cost of education, enrolment in education and indicators relating to teachers. The publication also analyses the results of international assessments, such as the student performance survey (PISA survey) and the study of adult competencies (PIAAC).

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