Finland is considered one of the countries which are known for their remarkable education system. As we have seen that in PISA rankings 2018, Finland got 507 scores in mathematics and 522 in science subjects. That means Finland is doing something extraordinary in its education sector that other countries of the world need to learn from it.
Though the Indian government and private sector both are trying their best to improve the education system. However, there are several things that the Indian education system can learn from the Finnish educational sector. In this article, we are going to share core characteristics when can help Indian educational sector to accomplishment quick improvement in both elementary and higher studies.
Indian education system believes in conducting too many tests in both semester and annual kind of studies. But, if we analyze the Finnish exam system, then they probably take one exam annually, and one major exam is also taken at the end of high school. In this regard, we would suggest Indian schools to emphasize more on learning as compared to tests and exams because exams make the kids anxious about the marks all the time.
Job of Teachers
Without any doubt, we can accept that Eastern people give much respect to their teachers but in the last few years due to expensive education, we noticed that the honour of teachers among students is decreasing rapidly. On the contrary, entire Finnish society and administration give great importance to their teachers. First of all, as compared to India, the student-teacher ratio is appropriate in Finland. That means India needs more teachers.
Secondly, the Finnish education sector giving many financial and other rewards to teachers and they only offer 4–5 hours lectures per day. Indian schools should also provide this kind of relaxations to their teachers. Moreover, in Finland, usually students with remarkable abilities, intelligence and marks join the teaching field, that’s why they are not treated less than doctors and lawyers in society. That’s why the Indian education sector should also hire highly qualified staff in the teaching sector and should also give them promising facilities and respect.
It has been seen that Indian students commonly complain about the nonstop studies and lectures after lectures which is absolutely wrong. Here, Indian institutes should try to learn from Finnish schools where students get 15 minutes to break after every class. Hopefully, Indian schools and collages will seriously consider this advice to increase the engagement of students in the studies.
Furthermore, launch breaks are also longer in Finnish schools as compared to Indian schools. Yes, in Finland, students enjoy a 75 minutes break which is longer than break durations of Indian schools.
It is common in India that schools give too much homework to students of all ages. Here, parents completely agree with kids that schools should assign lesser homework. However, if you analyze the homework structure of Finland that you will be easily inspired that students typically spend 15 to 30 minutes to fulfil their daily homework. Honestly, Indian schools shouldn’t treat the students in this way and should assign them small tasks as homework. In this way, students would able to explore more theories and concepts in their lives.
Almost all of have witnessed that Indian schools have become a place of competition. You will see a brainstorming race among the students to get better grades in each class. Basically, this competition is not making Indian kids active but just destroying them physically and mentally.
On the contrary, if we look at Finnish schools, then we wouldn’t see any kind of competition among students. It would also be challenging for an outsider to differentiate the weakest and topper student of the class. Yes, the Finnish educational system believes in the cooperation as compared to the competition. That’s why they don’t showcase the marks and grades on the notice boards even Finnish schools don’t have any grading scale like A+, B or C to evaluate the performance of students. Therefore, Indian schools should also try this strategy in this institutes because parents sent their kids to learn in schools not to win a battle of grades.
Quality of Education in Public Schools
You would be amazed that Finland has only a few private schools in the country because students prefer to attend public schools. You would also not find any insufficiency about the quality of education in public schools. Howbeit, if we look at Indian schools, then no doubt the quality of education is better in private schools as compared the state-funded ones. So, we would strongly recommend that the Indian education sector should emphasize to improve the quality of education in public schools because all parents can’t afford high fees of private schools in India.
In the end, we would like to mention we don’t have any intention to criticize the Indian education system, but we only shared some excellent features of the Finnish education sector that India can adopt to improve the quality of education there.