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January 06, 2021 Wednesday 11:42:09 AM IST

Finland Extends Compulsory Education to Age 18

A new set of laws were passed in Finland Parliaments which makes it compulsory for students to be in full-time education till the age of 18. Secondary education will be totally free. Students don’t have to pay for their own textbooks or mandatory equipment in the high school classes at vocational schools till the age of 20. Opposition parties, in particular, the National Coalition Party, had argued against extending compulsory education noting that it wasn’t the norm in Europe for students to remain in school until age 18. They would have preferred to see more of an emphasis on early childhood education, with compulsory schooling starting at a younger age.