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Published: 12 December 2008

Ninety-four per cent of completers of the 9th grade of comprehensive school in 2007 continued studies in the same year, the corresponding figure for passers of the matriculation examination was 43 per cent

Completers of comprehensive school numbered 65,200, or six hundred fewer than one year earlier. One-half of them (60 per cent of women and 42 per cent of men) went on to study in upper secondary general school. Forty-one per cent (32 per cent of women and 49 per cent of men) went on to attend upper secondary level vocational education while two per cent went on to the 10th grade. Vocational education has grown more popular in recent years while upper secondary general school education has lost some of its popularity. Six per cent of the completers of comprehensive school did not continue studying. The proportion of those who remained outside further studies diminished by 0.5 percentage points from the year before.

New passers of the matriculation examination numbered 33,400, which is 300 more than in the year before. Of the new passers of the matriculation examination 20 per cent entered university education, 19 per cent entered polytechnic education and 4 per cent entered upper secondary vocational education. The proportion of students entering polytechnic education has grown slightly in recent years. A good one-half, or 57 per cent, of the passers of the matriculation examination in 2007 did not continue studying in their year of graduation. The proportion of those who remained outside further studies has been over one-half in recent years, but has been diminishing from one year to the next.

Direct transition to further studies of completers of the 9th grade of comprehensive school and passers of the matriculation examination 2001-2007

  Year of graduation
2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
  % % % % % % %
Completers of 9th grade of comprehensive school 65,235 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Continued studies in year of graduation  
     in upper secondary general education 33,152 50.8 51.1 53.2 54.1 55.1 54.8 54.2
     in upper secondary vocational education 26,548 40.7 40.1 39.4 38.4 37.0 36.7 36.1
     on 10th grade of comprehensive school 1,294 2.0 2.1 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.6 2.9
Did not continue studies 4,241 6.5 6.8 4.9 5.0 5.5 5.9 6.8
 
Completers of the matriculation examination 33,420 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Continued studies in year of graduation  
     in upper secondary vocational education 1,412 4.2 4.2 4.4 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.1
     in polytechnic education 6,366 19.0 17.4 18.2 17.0 15.2 16.0 11.7
     in university education 6,725 20.1 20.5 19.5 19.2 19.0 19.4 19.4
Did not continue studies 18,917 56.6 57.9 57.9 59.8 61.8 60.6 64.8

Source: Education Statistics, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Ms Ritva Kaukonen +358 9 1734 3311, koulutus.tilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Mr Jari Tarkoma

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Last updated 12.12.2008

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Entrance to education [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-4527. 2007. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 25.5.2024].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/khak/2007/khak_2007_2008-12-12_tie_001_en.html