Entrance to education 

Updated: 12.2.2015 - Next update: 22.3.2016

Immediate continuation of studies became more difficult for completers of the 9th grade of comprehensive school and new passers of the matriculation examination

In all, 8.9 per cent of the completers of the 9th grade of comprehensive school and 63.7 per cent of the new passers of the matriculation examination were left outside further studies leading to a qualification. The share of those left outside further studies grew for both completers of comprehensive school and new passers of the matriculation examination in comparison with the previous year.

In 2013, the total number of completers of the 9th grade was 59,600, which is 1,500 lower than one year earlier. Of them, 51 per cent continued studies in upper secondary school education and 40 per cent in upper secondary vocational education. The remaining nine per cent did not immediately continue studies leading to a qualification. However, they may have continued studies not leading to a qualification, such as additional education of comprehensive school (tenth grade) or counselling and preparatory studies for initial vocational education (Career Start). Nearly all completers of the 9th grade of comprehensive school applied to further studies, merely 1.5 per cent did not apply to any studies at all.

Statistics Finland / Entrance to education

Description of indicator

The indicator describes entrances and admissions to post-comprehensive school education leading to a qualification or degree.

The collection of statistics on entry into education is vitally important for examining how well citizens’ fundamental right to education is fulfilled. Educational rights not only include basic education in comprehensive schools but also the equal opportunities provided by society to further education. For the fulfilment of educational equality, it is of prime importance that good learning conditions for everyone are ensured in early childhood education and basic education.

The entry into education indicator also describes the attractiveness of different sectors as well as the development of the educational structure of society and the education and training provided. Alongside trends in educational paths, the indicator provides essential information about social exclusion, the causes of other social problems, and the potential challenges of the realisation of problems and of the coordination of working life and studies. A major challenge of education policy, moreover, is how student numbers in educational paths and different sectors can be matched with business requirements and labour market needs.

A broad educational base of society and the diverse education and training of citizens safeguards the growth and development of society. Education is one of the key factors that increase employment. At the same time, education as well as the labour market flexibility and opportunities for mobility it brings reduces socio-economic inequality between citizens. Society must also ensure that education and training are sufficiently attractive and financially beneficial. Significant barriers to the continuation of studies and further education can arise from the reconciliation of home life and studies as well as ensuring the livelihood of students during their studies.