The initial nine years of the education system of Finland are compulsory and the students usually go to the local schools. After passing out from the Comprehensive School, the students are given the option to choose between upper secondary school and vocational school. The second stage of the education is not compulsory but still the majority students attend. The secondary and the primary education are funded by the municipalities and supported by the states. This may at times depend on the number of students. The students of the primary schools are allowed to enjoy many additional benefits like free books, free school trips, free medical check-up.
There is another method of education known as the tertiary education. Here the students can opt for either the universities or the polytechnics. The selection procedure in these institutes include performance in the matriculation exam and also entrance examination for specific universities.
The universities mainly emphasizes upon the theoretical knowledge and research activities. On the other hand, the polytechnic institutes give importance to the practical training sessions. Here the attendance is not mandatory, no tuition fees is required. However, plans are being made to introduce tuition fees for the outstation candidates.