Entrance to education

Updated: 13 Dec 2017
Next update: 13 Dec 2018

The indicator describes entrances and admissions to post-comprehensive school education leading to a qualification or degree.

The collection of statistics on entry into education is vitally important for examining how well citizens’ fundamental right to education is fulfilled. Educational rights not only include basic education in comprehensive schools but also the equal opportunities provided by society to further education. For the fulfilment of educational equality, it is of prime importance that good learning conditions for everyone are ensured in early childhood education and basic education.

The entry into education indicator also describes the attractiveness of different sectors as well as the development of the educational structure of society and the education and training provided. Alongside trends in educational paths, the indicator provides essential information about social exclusion, the causes of other social problems, and the potential challenges of the realisation of problems and of the coordination of working life and studies. A major challenge of education policy, moreover, is how student numbers in educational paths and different sectors can be matched with business requirements and labour market needs.

A broad educational base of society and the diverse education and training of citizens safeguards the growth and development of society. Education is one of the key factors that increase employment. At the same time, education as well as the labour market flexibility and opportunities for mobility it brings reduces socio-economic inequality between citizens. Society must also ensure that education and training are sufficiently attractive and financially beneficial. Significant barriers to the continuation of studies and further education can arise from the reconciliation of home life and studies as well as ensuring the livelihood of students during their studies.


Almost all completers of the 9th grade of comprehensive school continued in education

There were around 57,600 completers of the 9th grade of comprehensive school in 2016. Nearly all completers of the 9th grade of comprehensive school applied immediately for further studies, just 0.1 per cent did not do so. Sixty-three per cent of girls applied primarily to upper secondary general school. Of boys, 57 per cent applied primarily to upper secondary vocational education.

The share of completers of comprehensive school among those starting education leading to a qualification grew from the previous year, to 95 per cent. In ten years, the share has grown by four percentage points. Fifty-three per cent of completers continued in upper secondary general school and 42 per cent in upper secondary vocational education. Those left outside education moved to guidance or preparatory education or additional education of comprehensive school (10th grade). In all, 1,400 young people were left outside education.