Finland has been praised for having the world’s best educational system.
Their school system doesn’t follow the traditional way of schooling and it’s something Ghana can pick some points from. Read why below.
1. Strong Foundation
A strong foundation is a reason why most children from Finland are able to perform so well in the world. The government has a lot of support in place to help parents and one of these popular supports is something they term the “Baby box” which contains, clothing, books, and other infant supplies for the first year. This is provided free of charge to every expectant mother in Finland. If parents choose to use day care, the government
If parents choose to use day care, the government subsidises facilities with highly-trained staff (lead day-care teachers have bachelor’s degrees) with income-based assistance for families; the maximum cost per child is $4,000 per year. Full day pre-school is free and high-quality, and utilised by majority of Finnish parents, meaning when children begin school at age 7, they are coming in with a good foundation.
2. Qualified Teachers At Pre-School
Unlike Ghana where the highest level of education for most teachers in creche and kindergarten is either JHS or SHS, in Finland, if you do not hold a Masters Degree, you won’t teach in creche and kindergarten. They focus on top-notch teachers for creche and kindergarten and they are placed at par with other professionals such as lawyers and doctors, this means they receive the same salary as these professionals. These have made teaching a desirable profession in the country.
3. Teacher Autonomy
Every teacher has the right to decide what’s best for their students. They design their own curriculum by studying the children and selecting the curriculum that best suits them. This means if a teacher ends up in a class and realises most of his students are good at maths, he will design a curriculum that makes good use of their maths abilities.
4. Funds For Weak Students
Children who are not good in class are not ridiculed or lashed by their teachers, government rather gives them funds to help them catch up with the rest. This means weak students will be able to buy books or items that will aid them in learning at home.
5. No Test
Children learning in Class are not learning for the purpose of writing an exam but for the purpose of knowing it and applying it. This means teachers don’t teach to aid their students to pass an exam and so are not limited to examination questions but rather they teach for the students to understand and apply. Unlike Ghana where we are more focused on passing exams rather than knowing the subject and how to apply it in real life.
6. Starting School Late
Unlike Ghana where we start school at a very tender age like 2 years and yet we grow up still not knowing what’s going on, in Finland, children start school at the age of 7 years. By that time, their brains are well developed to understand what they are being taught.
7. All Work And No Play…..
There are more games for children at school and they learn while they play games.
8. No Private Schools
The country does not allow private schools and so every student is compelled to attend a public school and none supersedes the other.
9. Teaching Is Tailored To The Strengths And Interests Of Students
Teaching is tailored to the strengths and interests of students and so if you have a student who loves Chemistry, the teaching will be tailored towards that.
10. Equality Among Schools
As we mentioned earlier, there is absolute equality among schools and so you don’t have schools competing about who is the best and who is not. After all, there is no test to determine that.
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