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Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League, is not impressed by how the government is going about reforming the vocational education system in Finland.
Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League, is not impressed by how the government is going about reforming the vocational education system in Finland.

 

The Finnish government is going about reforming the vocational education system the wrong way, views Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League.

“The buzz among the rank and file of the ruling parties is that they’re going about it the wrong way, as you should first carry out reforms and then look at the benefits created by the reforms,” the opposition leader stated to Uusi Suomi on Tuesday.

“It's like you're going up a tree arse first,” retorted Aalto.

He was referring to the fact that the government is set to reform the vocational education system as of the beginning of next year, one year after cutting its annual appropriations for vocational education by 190 million euros. One of the key objectives of the reform is to increase interplay between vocational education and the working life.

The reform and spending cuts have stirred up concerns that the government is transferring responsibility for vocational education from the public to the private sector.

Aalto, however, estimated that closer co-operation between vocational education and the working life would be a welcome development – although not necessarily for all students.

“The reform is good news for motivated and independent students who are doing well. But I’m concerned that not everyone will be able to keep up,” he commented.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi