The objective of basic education in Finland is to support pupils’ growth towards humanity and ethically responsible membership of society and to provide them with the knowledge and skills needed in life.
Basic education encompasses nine years and caters for all those between 7 and 16 years. Schools do not select their students. Every student is allocated a place in a nearby school, but they can also choose another school with some restrictions.
All schools follow a national core curriculum, which includes the objectives and core contents of different subjects. The education providers, usually the local education authorities, and the schools themselves draw up their own curricula within the framework of the national core curriculum.