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Here are four things that are doing better in Finland's school system

With its excellent education system, Finland is a trailblazer and a role model for many countries. According to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) study, which measures educational systems around the world, Finland is one of the top performing countries.

Here are four reasons why Finland is considered one of the countries with the best education system.

1. Children start school at the right time

In Finland, children do not start school before their seventh birthday, explains Pasi Sahlberg, former director general of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture in an interview for “CNN”. That surprised many. The time of school enrollment can play a major role, as a study by the Center for European Economic Research has found: "One month difference in birthday can lead to almost a year difference in enrollment age."

Fortunately, the trend to start school for your children as early as possible is gradually declining in Germany as well. The G8 high school diploma and the Bologna reform contribute to the fact that many are trained workers by the age of 21. The problem: Overcrowded universities and sometimes even students who are not even allowed to go to their own university parties and need a headline from their parents for excursions.

2. Education does not cost anything

In Finland, both Bachelor, Master and PhD programs are free. While members of the EU and the European Economic Area are lucky enough not to have to pay tuition fees in Finland, everyone else will have to pay fees for Bachelor's and Master's degrees from August 2017 (at least for those offered in English).

The following applies in Germany: If you have a lot of money, you can send your children to the best schools and finance them with tutoring as required. At state universities, students in Germany pay the semester fee, which can vary depending on the university and state. This usually includes a semester ticket, administrative costs and financing of the cafeteria, sports facilities and the like. The scenario is undesirable in Finland.

3. Teachers are more qualified

Being a teacher is one of the most prestigious professions in Finland. The job of primary school teacher is the most popular, reports the Center on International Education Benchmarking. The reason for this is not the salary, as it is not that different from the salaries in other countries.

The most important reason is not just the respect shown to teachers in Finland, but has much more to do with the selection process, the work and the working circumstances.

Finland has very high standards. Those who are accepted into a training program enjoy a high reputation, because only one in ten students who apply is actually accepted. Finland's curriculum supports creativity and innovation. Research, development and design are part of their work and they can explore their intellectual and creative limits. Finland is satisfied with the work of its teachers and accordingly has more confidence in them.

All in all, teaching in Finland is a very attractive job that stands for prestige and high qualifications. So it should come as no surprise that roughly 90 percent of all teachers stay in their profession throughout their careers.

According to the “Global Teacher Status Index 2013”, teachers are hardly respected in Germany. Of 21 OECD countries examined, Germany was only in 16th place - three places behind Finland. According to this, less than 20 percent of the 1,000 respondents would encourage their children in Germany to become teachers. Here the teaching profession is rather equated with the status of a social worker.

4. Finland does not believe in standardized tests

In Finland there is only one standardized examination called “Matriculation Examination” in primary and secondary schools. The test is taken at the end of secondary school and is corrected and graded by teachers. Those who pass the test can continue their education at a university - as in Germany with the Abitur.

The United States, on the other hand, must adhere to regulations like the No Child Left Behind Education Act or the Common Core State Standards initiative. Constant school performance tests are not at all helpful in making students smarter, but rather help to create a "lesson for the test" environment in which one only works towards passing the school performance tests.