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Finland to get rid of academic subjects in school education

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Already one of the finest education system in the world, Finnish education is ready to go one step further. It has decided to scrap all the academic subjects altogether, Bright Side reports. So, no more mathematics, physics, chemistry, social studies or any other pure academic subjects for which the students would have needed to scratch their heads thinking, “What do I need to know this for?”

“There are schools that are teaching in the old-fashioned way which was of benefit in the beginning of the 1900s -- but the needs are not the same, and we need something fit for the 21st century”, Marjo Kyllonen, the head of the Department of Education in Helsinki explained.

So, how are the students going to study? According to Bright Side, instead of individual subjects, students will study events and phenomena in an interdisciplinary way. For example, while studying the Second World War, it will be scrutinized from the historical, geographical and even mathematical perspective. And a course, such as “Working in a cafe” will teach the students a whole body of knowledge about the English language, economics and communication skills.

The system, however, will be introduced for senior students, beginning at the age of 16 only. The Finnish government states that the idea behind the system is that the students ought to choose for themselves which topic or phenomenon they want to study, considering their ambitions and potentials.

According to the reports, about 70 percent of teachers in Helsinki have been trained as per the new system for presenting information and hence, they will also get pay rise.

Not only will the system of education change, but the manner in which the students receive the changed education in terms of teacher-student interaction will also be transformed. Students will no longer sit behind school desks and listen to an emotionless lecturing teacher in front of them. Instead, they will work together in small groups to discuss problems. They no longer need to be worried about strict school attendance and homeworks.

Even without these transformations, Finnish education system is among the finest in the world. The schools there don’t take any tuition fees and provide subsidised meals to all children, Think Change India reports. And, they have already done away with almost all standardised testing before the age of 16. Homeworks are highly discouraged and it is illegal to send a child to school before the age of seven.

As a country where education system is still in its infancy, Nepal could definitely learn a lot from Finnish education system.

The new system is expected to be complete by 2020.


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Akash Maharjan

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 November 2016 20:24 )  

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