Krista Kiuru (SDP), the Minister of Education and Science, has revealed that the plans to raise the school leaving age in Finland are nearing completion. The issue is a key part of the structural policy programme and will hence be discussed when the Government convenes for its framework session next week. The bill to raise the school leaving age from 16 to 17 years, Kiuru added, will be presented to the Parliament “at the end of the spring”.
The issue was also discussed during the Parliament's question time on Thursday, as MPs widely expressed their concerns about the belt-tightening measures to be introduced in the education sector. Kiuru answered in an overflowing but often evasive fashion.