The OAJ suspends its cooperation with ESEUR

The OAJ suspends its cooperation with ESEUR for the time being and condemns Russia's actions in Ukraine.

02.03.2022 News
Outcome reached in the state sector negotiations

An outcome was reached in the collective agreement negotiations for state civil servants and employees under contract yesterday. The achieved solution applies to 600 members of the OAJ.

01.03.2022 News
Early childhood education teacher: Every euro used for early childhood education is an investment in the future

In her work, early childhood education teacher Maria Patteri sees the great impact that skilled teachers have on children’s growth and learning. However, the shortage of teachers is severe, and Maria believes the situation will only ease once questions related to working conditions and pay have been solved.

25.02.2022 News
Class teacher: The appreciation of teachers should be visible in everyday work

Class teacher Jussi Häikiö has worked in the field of education for the past 20+ years and recognises that, year after year, teaching has become more demanding. Jussi calls for more appreciation for teachers' work in everyday life, such as smaller group sizes and a salary level that corresponds to the demanding nature of the work.

25.02.2022 News
Lecturer in nursing: In addition to student’s development, the value of teachers’ work should be reflected in pay and working conditions

Johanna Sopanen trains future healthcare professionals. For her, students and supporting their professional growth are the number one priority of work. The work takes its toll, however, and the amount of administrative work, for example, seems to increase year by year. Without vocational teachers, we would not have future professionals, which is why the sector’s attractiveness must be safeguarded by competitive salary levels and more funding for education.

25.02.2022 News
Lecturer in mathematics: Universities need to give teachers time to teach and conduct research

Mika Mattila, who works as a lecturer in mathematics at the University of Tampere, enjoys teaching, but is concerned about the well-being of colleagues and the workload that grows year after year. According to him, there is plenty of room for improvement in the ways and conditions of work. Excellence in the labour market can only be achieved if universities provide attractive jobs for teachers.

25.02.2022 News
Study by Taloustutkimus reveals: An increase in the appreciation of the teaching profession during the COVID-19 pandemic

According to a recent study by Taloustutkimus, Finns consider teachers to be one of the most important occupational groups for the country's future. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many have come to realise the difficulty and value of the work of teachers in a deeper way, as a noticeably larger number of people now rated the importance of the teaching profession a full ten out of ten. The OAJ also wants that appreciation to be reflected on the teachers’ pay and working conditions in order for the teaching profession to remain an attractive career option.

23.02.2022 News
OAJ’s survey: Finns think that teachers deserve a salary increase of hundreds of euros

OAJ’s demand that the salary level of employees in the education sector must be corrected using a salary programme is supported by a new survey on salaries conducted by Taloustutkimus.

10.02.2022 News
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