9.3.2018

Drop-out from general upper secondary education very low in Finland

Drop-out from general upper secondary education in Finland is very low. In 2015 only 2 per cent of the students interrupted their studies. Drop-out is more common among students whose mother tongue is not Finnish or Swedish, 6.5 per cent. The trend is, however, positive. In 2009 the drop-out rate was 9 per cent.

The target time for completing general upper secondary education is three years in Finland. Students can use more time for their studies, but the maximum is four years. On average 72 per cent complete their studies in the target time. There is however, variation between language groups. Swedish-speaking students complete their studies in the target time more often than their Finnish-speaking peers. Although the completion rate in target time among students whose mother tongue is not Finnish or Swedish has improved, it is still clearly lower than the completion rate of Finnish or Swedish speakers.

Completion of general upper secondary education by mother tongue

Vipunen – Education Statistics Finland https://vipunen.fi/en-gb/

Completion in the maximum time, four years, is most common among those students who speak another language than Finnish or Swedish. Taking four years to complete general upper secondary education is also more common among Finnish-speaker than Swedish-speakers. Any clear reasons for this can not be identified. One can, however, speculate whether the smaller size of Swedish-language schools could have an effect. It has also been said that Swedish-speaking students like being at school more than their Finnish-speaking peers.

Drop-out from general upper secondary education in Finland is very low. In 2015 only 2 per cent of the students interrupted their studies. Drop-out is more common among students whose mother tongue is not Finnish or Swedish, 6.5 per cent. The trend is, however, positive. In 2009 the drop-out rate was 9 per cent.