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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Inspired by the Finnish education system

The vast majority of Quebec parents are in favor of the implementation of the Finnish model in education, in which the private schools are subsidized to 100% by the pupils of their district, without selection or tuition fees.

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It is at least one of the conclusions of a survey conducted in February by the company CROP with over 1000 parents of children aged 20 or under, at the request of the movement École ensemble, which has a militia for a system of more equal education.

The interrogated parents have been presented with the Finnish model, an education system that regroups both public and private schools.

These two types of facilities are free and 100% subsidized. They welcome all students from their neighborhood without selection and offer them a choice of private projects, at no additional cost. Private schools have nevertheless preserved their autonomous and independent status, which distinguishes them from public schools.

Among those responding to this survey, 85% consider this model “appropriate” or “very” interesting, while 95% are even more favorable to put it in place in Quebec.

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Stéphane Vigneault, coordinator of the movement École ensemble, rejoices at this support “extremely high” of parents. Other results are translated as “a strong will” to support the Quebec education system, he added.

The pandemic and inequalities involved in online education have contributed, according to him.

“Fraction lines that have been forgotten are clearer resources. It is true in health, but also in education “, affirme Mr. Vigneault.

For the school movement as a whole, which has documented the situation elsewhere in the world, Finland represents a “very interesting” model. In the 1970s, Finnish private schools “abandoned their vision of exclusivity” to participate in the education of all students with the success they have today, he explains.

Its organization will present in the coming weeks a proposal “aimed at ensuring equal opportunities in education”, which will also be inspired by the Finnish model.

“Quebec is not Finland and the plan we are proposing will be adapted to our legal and historical context,” he said. But it is certain that we will want to combine equity and excellence as in Finland ».

This desire to arrive at a more egalitarian educational system is shared by a pool of actors from the education environment who hope that this proposal will lead to a “great collective discussion” on these issues.

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