While Finnish politicians are raising their own salary by over 8%, guess where they’re going to cut the money from?
Schools. To be specific, from the students that need extra help - such as Autists, children with learning disabilities, and kids with dyslexia. How? By lessening the numbers of school assistants while making class sizes bigger.
For those who don’t understand, this would mean that a student who, say, needs their own assistant to work with them for the whole day, won’t be able to get that because they’re cutting down on assistants. Now, have you seen a child with Autism that’s more on the “low functioning” side? Kids like that usually get taught tasks like shopping and shoelace tying because of differences in their learning, as well as stress managing and handling stimuli. Now, if you put several students with higher need for assistance into a group with a single teacher who must rotate their attention, you will end up with stressed-out, even violent kids, who don’t learn anything.
Finland’s well-known for having a good educational system. Now it’s facing “budget cuts” while politicians have their salary raised. Even if cutting funds is good temporarily, doing such a thing would result in much more cost in about two to five years.
So, what can you do? Besides spreading the message, there is a petition to sign [in Finnish, please use a translator if needed]:
It doesn’t require any registration, all you need to do is fill those boxes [scroll down a bit and you should see them].
50 000 signatures are required so that the petition can be handed off to the government.
Sorry for interrupting! This’d be really important. Please sign and signal boost?
If you’re able to read Finnish or use a translator and you want to know more, there’s a news article about it as well: