In the last decade, there have been many changes in the Indian Education System. A lot of policies have been revised by the Education Department in order to make education more relevant for the coming generations. The Delhi government has included a happiness curriculum in almost a 1000 government schools between nursery and class 8. The new curriculum is introduced on the grounds of a more human-centric education which includes meditation, value education and mental exercise. The government has also started “summer classes” with an objective of ensuring that students who struggle in traditional classes can benefit by extra classes in a non-traditional manner. In the year 2016, the human resource ministry decided to revise the old policy that promoted all students till grade 8. Now, according to the new policy, it is mandatory for all students of class 5 and 8 to clear the examination in order to get on the next class. In 2018, the Delhi government has allocated 26% of its budget to education which is fairly superior to Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.
While these changes are significant for the rewiring of our education system, there are still many changes that we can learn from across the borders, especially from the small country of Finland, which has one of the most progressive educational systems in the world.
The Finnish Education system has been in the news since 2001 when Finnish students scored amongst the top in the Programme for International Student Assessment (a very prestigious international assessment of students). Finnish students had vastly superior reading, math and science literacy and are positioned in the top 5 spots in the world. Many people in the field of education started questioning their approach and mindset. Slowly, the Finnish students started scoring even better year after year which led educators and leaders all over the world to start studying the country as an example of how to build an effective education system. The transformation of the Finns’ education system began around 40 years ago as the key propellent of the country’s economic recovery plan. By the end of the ’60s, a new legislation and a new curriculum were created by merging academic grammar schools and work-oriented civic schools into a 9 year comprehensive school. These 9 years include 6 years of basic education and 3 years of lower secondary education.
Things that India can learn from Finland
- The students start formal education at the age of 7. Before that, students are motivated for experiential learning through play and movement.
- Joy and Play are part of the curriculum. Every Finnish school has a welfare team dedicated to advancing every child’s happiness in the school.
- One of the aspects of the Finnish school system is the near-universal attendance of public schools. There are only a handful of private schools and even they are financed publicly and cannot charge a tuition fee.
- Students and teachers are given 15 minutes of break in every class. While the students are usually seen playing, teachers spend those 15 minutes relaxing, discussing and collaborating on various aspects.
- Finland doesn’t have a standardized assessment which gives teachers a lot of flexibility for structuring their own lesson plans and they even evaluate the progress of their students using individual metrics.
As the famous saying goes, change is the only constant and it’s high time that we make an alteration in our education system to benefit coming generations for a more efficient and aware career path. Want to change your learning habits? Visit www.projectmynt.com today!