In the autumn of this year, children who do not speak Finnish will start the academic year in the 1st or 2nd grades without preparatory courses.
The decision to cancel preparatory courses was made by the capital`s department of education. Officials are sure that children will be able to quickly adapt to the Finnish school system at such early age. In particular, it is believed that children will learn Finnish faster, if they start to communicate with peers right away. The new model has already been tested at the Mary-Rastila school in Helsinki and has been recognized as successful one.
At the same time, the department of education decided not to give up the preparatory courses for those who are going to 3rd - 9th grades, because at this age children do need support for integration.
In Helsinki, 550 children are trained in similar pre-school courses, of which 155 are going to the 1st or 2nd grades.