Can Finland Edu Lessons Benefit India?

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New Delhi: The chief of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Mohan Bhagwat believes India should learn from Finland’s education system, which has made the Scandinavian country what it is today.

“All of America and the western world keep wondering how they have such a good education system. It is because they teach their children to face struggles of life and not score in an examination,” Bhagwat said on Saturday at an event organised by the Sangh-affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas (SSUN).

The Sangh has a growing influence over India’s education sector and decisions of the Union human resources development ministry under the Narendra Modi regime.

What is the Finland education system all about?

  • Finnish kids begin formal education at the age of 6.
  • There are no separate primary, secondary or higher secondary education system. Rather a child spends the next nine years in a single structure schooling system.
  • The classes are confined to no more than 20 hours a week and 190 days a year. The kids are not burdened with homework. Students in India schools spent not less than 35 hours a week on an average in schools.
  • The three-year undergraduate level is divided into only two streams — general and vocational. The university level focuses majorly on specialisations and research, almost non-existent in the Indian education system.

How do the Finnish students fare in studies as compared to their peers in other countries?

According to the Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA) 2017, Finland stood 12th in Mathematics in the world ranking, 5th in Science and 4th in reading.

(With inputs from The Print)

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