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Extension of compulsory education

Compulsory education will extend during 2021. In the future, compulsory education lasts until the student gains an upper-secondary qualification or reaches the age of 18. Secondary education will become free of charge.

More guidance and free training

The new act on compulsory education will affect those young people who complete their comprehensive school education in spring 2021. Those who complete comprehensive school are now obligated to apply for secondary level education. The students get intensive guidance for the transition from comprehensive school to secondary education. Municipalities have a responsibility to guide young people finishing comprehensive school until they find a place to study.

Secondary education will become free of charge to students until the end of the calendar year in which the student reaches the age of 20.

Free of charge for students of compulsory schooling age at Tredu

  • daily meals
  • textbooks and other learning materials
  • tools, clothing, ingredients, e.g. knives for cooks etc.
  • a smartphone or computer necessary for studies
  • any cards included in the qualification, e.g. hygiene passport
  • the 5 tests required for the completion of the matriculation examination and retake of rejected tests
  • school commute of seven kilometres or more Read more at

New: Preparatory training for qualification courses

For the transition from comprehensive school to secondary education, there will be a new preparatory training for qualification courses from 2022 onwards. This TUVA training will combine supplementary courses for comprehensive education, preparatory training for upper secondary education and preparatory training for vocational education. TUVA is intended for compulsory education, immigrants, and adult students alike. The training lasts a maximum of one year.

Follow the implementation of the extension of compulsory education on the website and on Tredu social media channels.

For more information contact: tredu.oppivelvollisuus @