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Basic education for adults

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You can take part in basic education for adults (aikuisten perusopetus), if you have not completed your basic education, you discontinued your basic education, or you want to improve the grades on your basic education certificate.

Completing the entirety of comprehensive school (peruskoulu) takes about 2–4 years. If necessary, your studies can be stopped for a certain period and continued later ...

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Background information

Basic education is education delivered in accordance to a curriculum that supports the pupils’ growth as human beings and members of society and teaches them the knowledge and skills they need. It confers every pupil the same eligibility for upper secondary education.

Compulsory education applies to children who are permanent residents in Finland in the year in which they turn seven years old. Compulsory education ends when the children have completed the basic education syllabus or ten years have passed since they started in compulsory education. The period of compulsory education may be extended due to a disability or illness. Adults may complete the basic education syllabus for example at a general upper secondary school for adults, a folk high school or an adult education centre.

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Text edited by: Education Division, Helsinki
Updated: 20/3/2023