Petri Puhakka: Finland is World's Best in Education, but be Wary of Full Emulation

THE FINNISH WAY

Petri Puhakka: Finland is World's Best in Education, but be Wary of Full Emulation

Finland ambassador to Malaysia Petri Puhakka tells AWANI Review’s Luqman Hariz that the country dubbed `the Land of a Thousand Lakes’ took time to be the envy of the world in the way its kids are taught and consistently turn out tops in global scholastic stakes – but he cautions attempts by other nations to adopt its methods wholesale without taking into account local sensitivities.

Cliché alert – the importance and significance of education can’t be overstated. And it is for this fact that for millennia, countries and peoples have been arguing about the right way to approach, implement and enforce the education system. But above all the noise, one country seems to have quietly nailed it – Finland. Time and again, the education system of this little Scandinavian country with 5.5 million people is widely considered the best in the world. It didn’t happen...

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