Extension of compulsory education

The aim of the Government Programme is that, having completed their comprehensive school education, all students gain an upper secondary qualification. The minimum school leaving age will be raised to 18 years. In addition, student guidance and student welfare services will be improved, along with the capacity of comprehensive schools to provide everyone with the skills to complete upper secondary education.

In addition, student guidance and student welfare services will be improved, along with the capacity of comprehensive schools to provide everyone with the skills to complete upper secondary education.

The extension in compulsory education became effective in 2021. The related new Act was applied for the first time to those subject to compulsory education whose compulsory education under the current Act terminated in 2021.

Raising the age of compulsory education to 18 years and extending compulsory education to upper secondary education requires ensuring that all those who complete compulsory school education have the knowledge, skills and competence required for upper secondary education.

The Government Programme outlines the expansion of compulsory education.

Contact information

Maria Soininen, Senior Specialist, Legal Affairs 
Ministry of Education and Culture, Lukiokoulutuksen ja ammatillisen koulutuksen osasto (LAMOS), Strategic Steering Division 0295330220  


Akseli Holm, Specialist 
Ministry of Education and Culture, Lukiokoulutuksen ja ammatillisen koulutuksen osasto (LAMOS) 0295330455  

Issues related to basic education

Marja Penttilä, Senior Ministerial Adviser 
Ministry of Education and Culture, Varhaiskasvatuksen, perusopetuksen ja vapaan sivistystyön osasto ( VAPOS ) 0295330400  

Issues related to school transport in compulsory education

Antti Randell, Senior Ministerial Adviser 
Ministry of Education and Culture, Nuoriso- ja liikuntapolitiikan osasto (NUOLI), Strategia- ja ohjausryhmä (SORY) 0295330173