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Extension of compulsory education

The compulsory education will be extended in 2021, which means that upper secondary education will become part of compulsory education for everybody. In practice, all current ninth-graders have to apply for upper secondary education in the spring 2021. The aim of the reform is to secure all young people with the education and skills that they need in their lives in the future.

From now on, all young people are responsible for applying and continuing their studies in the upper secondary education. The first age group affected by the reform is the current ninth-graders (mainly those born in 2005). Compulsory education ends when the student turns 18, or when a student graduates from upper secondary level.

The student’s guardian is responsible for making sure that the young person applies for studies after the basic education and continues in the compulsory education. Comprehensive schools are responsible for giving their pupils guidance in the study options and admissions. School guidance counsellors will help and give advice for the pupils.

The extension of compulsory education is also a promise of free upper secondary education. In addition to the education and school meals, textbooks, school journeys that are longer than seven kilometres, supplies and other materials needed in lessons, and final tests are all free of charge. Free upper secondary education ends when the student turns 20, or when a student graduates from upper secondary level.

Learn more on the Ministry of Education and Culture's website: FAQ about the extension of compulsory education



01.03.2021 12:55