The purpose of basic school years from class 1 to class 9 is preparing a child to be on his own at the age of 16 years.
When a child passes out from school, he has to serve the nation for a year by being in army or civil services. Once again a step to discipline him and make him a responsible citizen of the nation. After this, he got to prepare for his matriculation.
The characteristics of basic education are :
- Equality and equity
- Less is more
- Child-centered, focus on well-being
- Highly educated teaching personnel, high teacher autonomy
- Trust at every level
- No national tests
- Co-operation instead of competition
- Continuous, science and experiment based development
Thus the main focus is on developing an empathetic and independent individual rather than a book-worm scoring high marks academically but unprepared for the real challenges of life.
These kids almost leave their parents at the age of 20 as they go for higher studies or to make a living on their own after matriculation exams at the age of 19 years. All the training in the school makes him self dependant whether it’s cleaning up ones house or doing his laundry or cooking his own food or doing repair work at home or in the community.
Home economics is a subject besides carpentery, electronics and tailoring which is compulsory for about 4 hours every week in class 7 and selective in class 8 & 9. Every child is encouraged to identify his interest and dive deeper into it before he passes his school years.
The tests and assessments are not formalised. It’s between the teachers and the students, self assessment procedures.
– Finland Diaries_Stories from the desk of Lipika Pasari
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