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Implementation of the Compulsory Education Act raises concerns on the adequacy of the funding

The Finnish Government's biggest school policy reform is the extension of compulsory education to everyone under 18 years of age. At the same time, upper secondary edu-cation was made free of charge.

08.12.2021 News
Teachers' coping, recovery from COVID-19 and subsidies

In Finland, the COVID-19 epidemic has tightened its grip again during the autumn, although the proportion of people in the country who have been vaccinated twice is over 80%. The situation will be difficult for children and young people until they, too, are vaccinated.

07.12.2021 News
Teacher register is progressing in Finland

The OAJ's long-term goal of establishing a national teacher register has now progressed closer to implementation. The OAJ has been demanding clarification on the matter for a long time, and now the report is finally due to be completed by the end of the year.

03.12.2021 News
Increasing shortage of teachers in Finland

The shortage of teachers has become more severe in Finland especially in relation to early childhood education. The ability of teachers to cope at work has also been discussed extensively in public.

03.12.2021 News
With her teachers’ support, Seela Sella turned her beloved hobby into her job

Actress Seela Sella has nothing but fond memories of her teachers. However, there are some encounters that turned out to be of utmost significance along the way. Some of the encounters encouraged her already in her childhood, while some only revealed their importance later on.

04.10.2021 News
Jani Toivola: My teacher helped me find my own way to grow and learn

Actor, author and former Member of Parliament Jani Toivola says that his lower secondary school tutor and history teacher had a profound impact on his life. With encouragement from his teacher, Toivola learned to see himself as someone who could and would learn just like anyone else.

04.10.2021 News
Ina Mikkola’s teacher encouraged her to pursue journalism – and she never looked back

Journalist, director and author Ina Mikkola became interested in the media industry while on the Voice of the Young Editorial Board, where her oral communication skills teacher had encouraged her to get involved. The oral communication courses have also proved beneficial later in life, as Mikkola needs diverse argumentation and self-expression skills in her line of work.

04.10.2021 News
Peter Nyman: My teacher inspired me to want to learn more

Journalist and author Peter Nyman recalls his primary school teacher with a warm feeling. Encouragement from his teacher, along with cinefilm movies, sparked an interest to learn more about history, geography and culture when he was only a child. Petri saw his teachers also as fatherly figures who provided him with valuable support even during his wild teenage years.

04.10.2021 News
Dramatic shift: Six in ten Finnish teachers are now considering career change

OAJ’s survey published today reports that well over half of Finnish teachers have considered career change. The most common reasons for considering career change were the burden of work, increased workload and wage level. The President of OAJ demands that politicians and employers realise the gravity of the situation and solve the problems pushing teachers away from the sector.

28.09.2021 News
The system reform is progressing with a few issues – membership services are congested

The OAJ registry system was changed during the summer. The members can see the change most clearly in the renewed Omat tiedot section. There were a lot of problems with the deployment, which has caused severe congestion in the membership service.

24.08.2021 News
The President of Finland’s greeting to all the teachers and learners

The President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, sends his thank you to every young person, teacher and staff member of every school, ECEC centre and other educational institution in his video greeting.

05.06.2021 News
The cooperation negotiations have been concluded – the University of the Arts made the positions of 80 teachers and researchers permanent

The Labour Court’s decision changed the fixed-term teaching task tradition. The duties of lecturers and professors included in the career-based system will also be made permanent.

26.03.2021 News
Piano teacher: Learning requires a feeling that we are on the same side

Born into a family of musicians, Kari Tikkala has become an award-winning concert pianist in his career. His career as a musician has taught him much, which is now useful as a teacher. Kari believes that studies in music brings many benefits and much joy also to those who end up in careers in other industries.

24.03.2021 News
Vocational teacher: Experiences of success build student's belief in themselves

Vocational teacher Kimmo Siuruainen says that commitment to work starts from understanding what kind of example he gives to young students. In addition to professional competence, a teacher is required to be resolute, understanding and sometimes caring.

24.03.2021 News
Upper secondary school language teacher: The most important thing in the work is human interaction

Pirjo Väli-Torala dreamed of being a teacher from an early age as she enjoyed school so much. Twenty years as an upper secondary school language teacher has also taught her as a teacher. Even in the midst of reforms, she thinks it important for a teacher to have time to meet a student as a person.

24.03.2021 News