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Preparatory teaching for basic education

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Preparatory teaching is provided for children and young people who are not proficient enough in Finnish language to study in a group taught in Finnish. The preparatory teaching groups teach the Finnish language as well as different school subjects based on the students’ skills levels

Preparatory teaching is offered only up to one year. The student will transition to groups taught in Finnish as ...

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To whom and on what terms

Instruction preparing for basic education may be given to pupils with an immigrant background whose Finnish and Swedish skills and other capabilities are not adequate for studying in pre-primary and basic education groups.

Background information

Instruction preparing immigrants or children with an immigrant background for basic education promotes integration, language proficiency and learning of the content areas of subjects. Potential studies of the pupil’s native language promote learning skills and reinforce cultural identity as well as lay a foundation for learning Finnish and/or Swedish.

For pupils aged 6 to 10 years, a minimum of 900 hours of this instruction is provided, and for pupils older than this, a minimum of 1,000 hours. Pupils participating in the instruction have the right to transfer to basic education even before these hours have been completed if permitted by their skills and capabilities. Municipalities organise instruction preparing immigrants for basic education on a voluntary basis.

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Text edited by: Vantaa city
Updated: 29/9/2023