Finns want to add economics lessons for primary school children

More economics lessons, from a younger age, could help pupils understand everyday spending, savings and investments.

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Finns want to see a change in the subjects that students are learning in primary schools.

A new survey for the Finnish Foundation for Share Promotion Pörssisäätiö finds that 80% of people think it should be compulsory for children to study economic issues.

More economics lessons would help children understand issues around everyday spending, saving and investing and sustainable consumption skills.

“The survey shows that Finns are exceptionally unanimous about the need to increase school economics. The first step could be to develop joint economic studies for the second degree now that the compulsory education age is raised” says Sari Lounasmeri, CEO of Pörssisäätiö.

So what subjects would be cut to make way for more economy classes?

Half of the people in the survey say there should be less teaching of religion; about 25% say they would cut some Swedish lessons while 20% say there should be less art in the curriculum to allow space for the extra economy classes.

And some subjects seem to be untouchable: less than 5% of those questioned in the survey said they would reduce English language lessons, Finnish, geography, biology, maths, health or PE.

The survey was carried out in May and questioned 1000 Finns across the country.

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