Hello,I have read from an article appeared in The Atlantic, Dec 29, 2011 that...

Hello,I have read from an article appeared in The Atlantic, Dec 29, 2011 that...

Hello,

I have read from an article appeared in The Atlantic, Dec 29, 2011 that "there are no private schools in Finland." (http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/12/what-americans-keep-...)

I wonder about that statement as I have told there are some schools were called "yksityiskoulu" in Finland, such as Steinerkoulu, Helsingin Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu... Is "yksityskoulu" different with private school?

Could you please clarify it? Thank you

Answer

"Yksityiskoulu" is the same as private school, but Finnish private schools are not that different from the normal comprehensive/state schools. They don't have any tuition fees and they are following the same National Curriculum. In some private schools it is possible to take IB programme. Also the private schools can have entrance exams and that way choose their students. People think that the higher standards for students mean also better teaching facilities and education, because the students tend to be more motivated themselves.

Finnish private schools are run by various foundations, associations and the state. The funding comes mainly from the state and these assosiations. The private schools are not allowed to make any profit unlike in some other countries where the private schools are led like companies and can give divident to the shareholders. However, there are some private schools (International and European school) that take tuition fees.

It is not easy to start a new private school in Finland because, to start with, they must get a teaching permission by the goverment or the Ministry of Education in order to get the state funding. The new schools must show that there is a demand and need for such a school they want to start. And even then they must obey a set of rules like all the other schools. So all the Finnish schools including the private schools are highly regulated.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_School_of_Helsinki

http://www.hs.fi/english/article/European+School+Helsinki+to+open+its+do...

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