Mailis Reps: a choirmaster cannot stand to be interrupted
Minister of Education Mailis Reps (Center Party) says that the depth of conflicts in the Georg Ots Tallinn Music School took her by surprise, and even though she holds Aarne Saluveer in high regard, it is impossible for him to stay on as principal in the long run. Further developments depend on an audit to be carried out at the school.
03.05.2017, Tuuli KochPM
Gov. reaches compromise for security academy
Just as it happened in 2014, the government decided, after months of debates, not to move the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences to the border town of Narva yesterday. The town will host a training center that will be known as an academy college instead.
31.03.2017, Andres EinmannPM
Analysis: Moving the internal security academy expensive and risky
Moving the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences to Narva will cost approximately €10 million more than previously estimated. A number of teachers are likely to leave the school and certain specialties might not have enough students should the move plan be realized.
13.03.2017, Oliver KundPM
Students looking at higher credit prices
Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) is set to hike prices of credit points and abolish free curricula for foreign students from the new academic year.
23.01.2017, Tiina KaukverePM
Teachers' salary to rise twice next year
Estonian Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps on Thursday introduced at the Cabinet meeting the proposal to raise teachers' minimum and average pay twice next year, in January and September.
PISA 2015: Estonia's basic education best in Europe
Estonia outperforms the rest of Europe in the OECD's latest PISA survey, which evaluates the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems.
Center, IRL, SDE: Estonia needs fresh ideas
Estonia's Center Party, Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) said on Wednesday evening after launching coalition consultations that the new government plans to be open to and consider everybody's good ideas.
Uuring: keskmise ameeriklanna rõivasuurus on 16
Uus uuring peaks avama moetööstuse silmad ja kummutama üldise arvamuse keskmise või normaalses suuruses naiste kohta.
University of Tartu ranks record high among world's best universities
Estonia's University of Tartu holds the highest place of all time in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings published on Wednesday evening, placing 301-350.
Tartu Ülikool jõudis mainekaimas ülikoolide edetabelis seni kõrgeimale kohale (1)
Eile õhtul avaldatud ajakirja Times Higher Education (THE) maailma ülikoolide pingereas on Tartu Ülikool tõusnud seni kõrgeimale kohale – vahemikku 301–350.
22.09.2016, Riin AljasPM
PÄEVAINTERVJUU Minister hariduslikust palgavahest: see ei ole teema number üks (3)
Täna olid Postimehe otsestuudios haridus- ja teadusminister Maris Lauri ja Praxise haridusanalüütik Hanna-Stella Haaristo. Värskest OECD haridusraportist selgub, et ehkki Eestis on keskmisest enam kõrgharituid, jääb haridusest saadud palgalisa Euroopa keskmisest väiksemaks.
19.09.2016, Marian Võsumets
OECD: kõrgharidus annab Eestis liiga väikese palgalisa
Põhjus peitub selles, et meie kõrgharitud töötavad sageli töökohtadel, mis vastavat haridust ei nõua.
15.09.2016, Riin AljasN24
Sanna Kartau: kellega tantsida sambat? Kõrgharitud meeste defitsiidist (1)
Peale legendaarsete levimuusikasõnade on «Kes kellega käib?» ka huvitav sotsioloogiline küsimus. Kuidas leida partnerit, kui oled doktorandist heteronaine, kelle viimane kallim läks pärast keskkooli ehitajaks? Müürilehes arutleb nende küsimuste üle Sanna Kartau.
03.08.2016, Sanna KartauPM
Tallinn to increasingly speak Russian (1)
In 2000–2011, largest numbers of Estonians in Tallinn moved to Pelgulinn, Kalamaja and Pääsküla. Regarding Russians, they were most inclined to go live in Laagna, Mustakivi and Väike-Õismäe city districts. Among the suburbs, Estonians overwhelmingly looked towards Viimsi while Russians resettled in Maardu. Among those who left Tallinn, Estonians spread all over Estonia and Russians firstly chose East-Viru County, industrial towns and Tartu.
11.07.2016, Riin AljasPM
Editorial: favour not private schools at taxpayer's expense
Long has been the debate in society regarding private school financing. It’s not a matter if these are good or bad.
Editorial: clamant community confronts closed council
Karula. A picturesque place near Valga. A rare parish in Estonia where population just keeps growing.
06.05.2016, Urho MeisterPM
Parents cross swords with local leaders
In Karula Parish, South-East Estonia, a whopping near-doubling of basic school pupils has occurred during these past five years. To keep the miracle going, active parents stand in unyielding confrontation with local council and government.
06.05.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Ukrainian gynaecologist to leave Hiiumaa
A gynaecologist from Ukraine is leaving after four months of working at Hiiumaa Hospital, not having acclimatized with the island and the islanders not acclimatizing with him. Doctors will continue to take turns and visit from mainland Estonia.
13.04.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
The troubles with Estonian education
In its report published yesterday, OECD says Estonia has too many teachers and students with Russian as mother tongue do not cope at Estonian language based school.
Society threatened by underfinancing of kindergarten education
Currently, lion's share of Estonian educational spending goes to gymnasiums, while the society would win out by proper financing of kindergarten education, as claimed by authors of OECD report. Extra money needs to be spent to alleviate the chronic underfinancing of kindergarten teachers.
07.04.2016, Oliver KundPM
OECD on Estonian education: level high, system alist
In Estonia two years ago, an OECD work group now reports that Estonian education system though okay is plagued by unsolved problems like ineffective schools network and state financing of private schools.
07.04.2016, Oliver KundPM
Tiit Kuuli: state's best security guarantee is economic wellbeing
During his long career, construction company Oma Ehitaja chairman Tiit Kuuli has not been in media too often but now the post presents a responsibility. He remains modest however and says that in a representative body with 15 professional associations and 15 top managers featured, the role of an individual must not be exaggerated.
07.03.2016, Kadri HansaluPM
Police to scrutinize all students from Bangladesh
Police suspects a number of students from Bangladesh in misuse of Estonian residence permits issued for studies and is therefore going to check all residence permits and visas.
29.02.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Editorial: don't throw the good goals out with the cheats
Turns out, 22 foreign students have falsified up-to-now education documents to enroll in Estonia's universities. Before getting too mad, think of the following.
Foreign students suspected in far-flung fraud
These past few months have yielded 22 cases of foreign students falsifying assessment decisions by Estonian academic recognition agency (ENIC/NARIC) to use these for enrolling in our universities. The cheats hailed from Western Africa and used services by local representatives.
19.02.2016, Oliver KundElu
Video:sotsiaalmeedias levivad fotod ei ole sellised, millisena nad esmapilgul paistavad
Sotsiaalmeedias levivad fotod, millel on näha valget naist toitmas tumedanahalist nälginud last ja hiljem teda süles hoidmas ning arvati, et tegemist on näljapiirkonnas elava lapsega.
15.02.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Address by Ambassadors of Finland, USA and UK: Estonia must get serious about its HIV epidemic
Today, Ambassadors of the Uninet Kingdon, the United States of America and Finland filed an address to Constitutional Committee of the Parliament of Estonia wherein they call upon Estonia to at long last acknowledge the spread of the HIV epidemic and to create a select committee dedicated to solving the problem.
09.02.2016, Liisa TagelPM
Editorial: «no» means «no» – still all do not understand
Ideally, none should encounter sexual abuse. Alas, the Tartu University study shows totally otherwise as every tenth young person has been sexually abused including five percent forced into intercourse.
The dark side of Estonian science: paid articles in trashy magazines
Estonia has spawned a bunch of scientists who like to lengthen their CV with articles published in «science magazines» for money. The grey market abounds from Bangladesh to Nigeria. Universities in Estonia recognize the problem but no-one has a solution.
27.01.2016, Oliver KundPM
Emotions the string pulling Estonians back home again
Estonians dwelling abroad think Compatriots Programme benefits to be vital when teaching their kids the native tongue and culture – the cord to Estonia that serves to bring people back in later years as shown by impact assessment.
18.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Ligi says no to castes for kids
Education and research minister Jürgen Ligi thinks sustainable private schools do have a future but rules out the state maintaining their special conditions vs municipal ones.
03.12.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: the increasingly bitter private schools debate
Approved in the government and sent to the parliament, the Private Schools Act amendment bill has become contentious, at times erupting into a war of words between interest groups and politicians.
Arabic speakers countable on fingers
Lion's share of refugees coming to Estonia will be Syrians whose command of English will be our basic school level at best. Meanwhile, Arabic speakers in Estonia number under two dozen.
07.10.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Estonia lacks teachers for refugee children - school director
Estonian universities graduate at best 15-20 teachers for mixed-language classes annually, but since most of them focus on Russian-speaking students specialists for teaching refugee children whose mother tongue is for example Arabic are in short supply, a school director says.
Education allowance rules distrusted by students
The needs-based education allowance for university students, reformed two years back to the backdrop of hot debate, has not yielded the desired fruit. As shown by first major study since introduced, it is often opted not to apply due to prejudices, and the system is deemed to be unfair.
14.09.2015, Oliver KundPM
Paper proposes paid higher education in English
Published yesterday, a report by Nordic Investment Bank vice president Gunnar Okk advises to heap research and higher education on three major universities. Critical of the approach, Marju Lauristin condemns this as administrative-technocratic view on the domain.
26.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Gunnar Okk: related specialties should be taught in one university
Tomorrow, Nordic Investment Bank vice president Gunnar Okk will address research and development committee chaired by Prime Minister to report on situation and options for higher education and research in Estonia. Employees at universities and research agencies are anxious to hear what the report will reveal. In interview underneath, Mr Okk will allow an initial peek.
24.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
University of Tartu seeks to swallow three institutes
Despite the sleepiness of summer, employees at the Institute of the Estonian Language (EKI) are deeply disturbed that their institution – a bastion to defend and develop the native tongue – is in danger of takeover by University of Tartu (TÜ) as approved by the very Ministry of Education and Research.
05.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Estonian govt appoints new members of TTU board of governors
The Estonian Cabinet on Thursday appointed five new members to the board of governors of the Tallinn University of Technology (TTU).
Youth flock to study medicine and business
Fresh from school and eager to study the specialties most popular, their young nerves will be frayed till the university admissions lists are published: excelling at state exams isn’t enough. Postimees took a look at five top hot spots, seeking to see why the rush.
13.07.2015, Nele-Mai OlupPM
Editorial: the prophetically emptying island
The last gynaecologist of Hiiumaa, Estonia’s second largest island, retires. Prematurely. Hers is the job that makes birthing babies possible.
University of Tartu tops Estonian university rankings for 7th consecutive year
The University of Tartu is the most highly regarded university in Estonia for the seventh year running, a survey by TNS Emor pollsters shows.
Teaching Estonian: the good, the bad and the ugly
As admitted by Estonians teaching at Russian schools, the level the official language is taught is largely up to headmaster and other school management. A motley scene, but not hopeless. And how could it be hopeless when over a quarter of Russian kids at basic schools takes «language immersion» or goes to an Estonian school altogether?
25.05.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Rector says research fellow committed «unbelievable ugliness»
University of Tartu Rector Volli Kalm used plain old hillbilly Estonian to label actions by Institute of Physics research fellow – luring 12th grade girls into sexual relationship by promising to alter exam results – as unbelievable and unclean ugliness.
02.04.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
«I was only joking.»
This is a quick interview with Fred who posted the ad right after Postimees disclosed its journalistic experiment.
01.04.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
E-mail conversation with man promising to alter exam results
Underneath, find full conversation between journalist Helen Mihelson (for the experiment, Heleri) and the man posing as Margus Tamm promising to falsify exam results and demanding payment by three-month sexual relationship.
01.04.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
University research fellow offers altering exam results for sex
Middle-aged, hiding behind a fictitious name, the man made a staggering proposal to Postimees journalist posing as 12th grader struggling with sciences: for ten intimate encounters, he may improve the gal’s math state exam result in public database. Two weeks later, as it all turned out to be journalistic experiment, Fred – a research fellow at University of Tartu – fled into the night as cameras flashed their light, denying everything.
01.04.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
E-state engine says don’t rest on laurels
Founder and council member of e-Governance academy Ivar Tallo (50) was in Myanmar just before recent Riigikogu elections, telling their political leaders about e-Estonia. «I thought why just talk the talk, let me show them how it’s done,» the man recalls.
09.03.2015, Priit PulleritsPM
Too many in Estonia poorly educated
A brake on Estonian wellbeing is timidity in realising ideas and insufficient readiness for lifelong learning. Endlessly, we may toil at our simple jobs – never enough to break the widespread low wage curse.
06.02.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Taavi Rõivas is sneaking into schools
Ere February is over, the Reform Party chairman and Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas running for Riigikogu in Harju and Rapla Counties plans to have held speeches in gymnasiums of Rapla, Kohila, Kuusalu and Saue. At that, part of the appearances have been fixed by party buddy and parliamentarian Kalle Palling.
03.02.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Quit drinking, keep smiling
Forget the world view. In election programmes, the parties stand united in intent to make life miserable for tipplers and find funds to fill holes in Estonian teeth. At current level of financing, the healthcare system is in dire straits a few years from now, but why mention that?
27.01.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Kids going couch potato
From eight years and up physical activity declines till people turn 26, observes National Institute for Health Development (TAI) research fellow Kenn Konstabel – a man involved in international research showing that, in Estonia, only one boy in four and a girl among eight get enough exercise to stay healthy.
08.01.2015, Priit PulleritsPM
A whopping 400 kids needing English education
Just some few years ago, only the private International School of Estonia in Tallinn provided English language based education in the land. By today, 400 children are studying according to international curriculum in three schools in Tallinn plus one in Tartu. A third of these are «the ordinary Estonian» kids.
12.12.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: help the kids, spare the system
Ministry of education is proposing to prolong compulsory attendance so as to encompass whatever comes after basic school. The matter most problematic in eyes of ministry is the 20 percent average opting out of vocational schools.
Ministry mulls making mandatory school longer
Currently, only basic education is compulsory. Even so, as a pupil turns 17 and has yet to graduate from basic school, the institution is under no obligation to keep him.
25.11.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Vahur calm after killing teacher
While firing shots at his teacher, Vahur – a 9th grader at Paalalinna School in Viljandi – was calm and composed. Felled by the bullets from a revolver belonging to boy’s father, Ene Sarap who used to teach German died before the blackboard.
28.10.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Estonian parlt passes law enabling creation of e-resident's digital ID
The Estonian parliament on Tuesday passed a bill of amendments to the Identity Documents Act and the State Fees Act to set out the legal basis for the issuance of a digital identity to persons who are not Estonian citizens or residents of Estonia.
Estonian employers' manifesto names competitiveness as priority
In a manifesto published on Tuesday, the Estonian Employers Confederation lists competitiveness as a priority that needs to be dealt with if the country wishes to escape the middle income trap.
Studying Chinese increasingly «in» at Estonian schools
Among the more exotic tongues taught to kids at Estonian schools one finds Hebrew, Chinese, Latin, Japanese and Italian. Alas, some exciting ones have disappeared – for many a year, schools of general education no longer offer studies of Swahili, Arabic and Romanian.
25.09.2014, Merike TederPM
The United States and Estonia - NATO Allies and Global Partners
President Obama met with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Estonian Prime Minister Tavi Roivas in Tallinn, Estonia on September 3. The visit reinforced the close ties between the United States and Estonia, which are rooted in our shared values, ideals, and interests.
04.09.2014, The White House, Office of the Press SecretaryPM
Govt counts money for public pay rise
A testing stone for the coalition, at its initial joint talks about next year budget today, will be allocation of public servant wage rises.
02.09.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: esteeming education – essential for successful society
It’s a very important day today – schools start again. First and foremost, a milestone for the almost 15,000 who, in September 1st 2014, take this step for the first time ever. Even so, the occasion’s significance is not limited to the 137,000 pupils at general education schools – add the university students, and those studying at vocational institutions. Plus the grown-ups acquiring extra education or getting a new specialty.
Eleven long years of school changes
The Lill family in Rapla are sending three boys to school today, the fourth still a kindergarten kid.
01.09.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Scholarship triggers no stampede of students
This year, a €160 scholarship was launched for students in certain specialties – which still failed to gain popularity.
27.08.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Firms hard pressed to find specialists
Skilled workers are of short supply for almost all industrial undertakings, and it’s getting worse. Several specific specialties just aren’t taught in Estonia’s vocational schools and the enterprises have to do the training on the spot. But even to find a man fit to train is hard.
14.08.2014, Liina LaanemetsPM
Editorial: why fear the votes of our very own kids?
A month ago, to the day, 41 Riigikogu members launched a bill to alter the constitution. Yesterday, the government said yes. Aim of the amendment is for 16 and 17 year olds to obtain voting rights – as things stand, 18 is the threshold.
Editorial: small schools under shadow of axe
«If school goes, life goes – from a village or a commune.» This, according to think-tank Praxis analysis on Estonian schools network, is a widespread statement on why Estonia keeps keeping alive its schools with few students. The same study claims the reasoning amounts to superficial simplification: a school alone will not breathe life into a region.
«Optimum» elusive for schools network
Local governments say they won’t close down undersized schools before the money runs out or numbers of kids drop to critical limit. They say: education ministry, eager to cut schools network, fails to grasp local conditions.
10.07.2014, Oliver KundPM
Math exams easier for thinking students
Every year, 15 percent flunk at attempt one with basic school final state examinations in mathematics.
17.06.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Where have all the soldiers gone?
An exhaustive report due in 2015 heralds reform in health requirements of servicemen, and in what and how they’ll have to do while in the army. To boost motivation, next spring will see certificates awarded to draftees, regarding levels of special skills acquired.
09.06.2014, Oliver KundPM
Doctors treat smart device as daily tool
At a slight swipe of finger, the iPad shows a graph of blood test results. Moments later, the doctor promptly orders a vital research while recording her decision in the digital health file... while sitting at the hospital café. Thanks to IT-chief, this is daily routine for standby doctors at a large Estonian hospital.
02.06.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Editorial: plagiarism is deeply bad
Today’s Postimees tells the story of a case of a Doctoral thesis victoriously defended at Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) yet stirring severe suspicions of academic theft. No investigation followed, however, as the author simply withdrew her work. Makes one wonder: how serious are universities of Estonia towards plagiarism?
University winks at suspected plagiarism
As plagiarism suspicion surfaced regarding a doctoral thesis already defended, Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) acted in a way that laid bare a legal scheme how people, having received their Doctorates, may in case of suspicions withdraw the thesis, avoid inquiry, and keep it all within university walls.
30.05.2014, Oliver KundPM
Education minister critical of reforms by predecessor
In eleven months, minister of education and research Jevgeni Ossinovski intends not to thoroughly alter Estonia’s educational system. He is convinced, however, that higher education reform was executed in too much of a hurry. And: transfer of Russian language schools to partial studies in Estonian language has been done wrong both being compulsory and by beginning at gymnasium level.
10.04.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: options and hazards among the five wisest
As assured by PISA educational tests, our students stand strong amongst global best. Among the 44 OECD countries involved in problem solving – the creative part of PISA basic tests – our 15-year-olds placed 12th. In Europe, we rank in top five: trailing the UK and Finland, Estonia comes third.
Good kids abound, few stand out
As revealed by PISA problem solving test results, yesterday, 85 percent of Estonian students aged 15 will get along fine, in life – an excellent achievement to the OECD backdrop. Even so, we’re average when it comes to amount of top doers.
02.04.2014, Marian MänniPM
Editorial: the only constant is change
Those predicting labour market changes and deciding state orders to universities always seem to be preparing for the last war. Whatever the market needed yesterday, it may not need today; smaller yet the chance the need is there tomorrow. Still, this is an important question every spring as those about to graduate are thinking which sector would be their future.
Rejecting the sewing machine, Estonians embrace computers
In 2004, Estonia joined the European Union. Boosted by EU aid, our economic indicators started to even up with these of wealthy states. Over the ten years, a lot has changed in the Estonian life. What, then, has been the impact on economic structure? As attested by Statistical Office labour force studies: though more and more Estonians move from workbenches to office tables, the major employing sectors of economy remain the same.
27.03.2014, Kadri InselbergPM
Court battle brewing between education ministry and its boss-to-be
Today, circuit court continues a case launched over a year ago as soc dem Riigikogu member Jevgeni Ossinovski sued Ministry of Education and Data Protection Inspectorate over data not provided to him by said ministry.
19.03.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
In Estonia, three «e-kindergartens» born as triplets
With eKool, the electronic schools system, in use for over a decade, kindergartens only got the option this academic year. Curiously, three competing environments popped up as one man.
10.03.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: wires crossed again. How come?
Well it’s gone haywire again, between education ministry and the schools. After teachers went on strike, the ministry vowed to prioritize their wage raise. Still, the teachers aren’t seeing any of the promised extra. Rather, new duties are being piled on.
Editorial: labour policy + education policy = family policy
Too often, in Estonia, family policy is only viewed as payments of benefits. No doubt, family benefits are important; even so, never will Estonia be so rich that kids’ wellbeing could depend on state budget alone.
Editorial: on carrots, sticks and state exams
As also affirmed by PISA test outcome, the Estonian education ain’t too bad – internationally speaking. No matter the local discontent. Quite competitive, the thing. Sure, anything can be improved; reverse always is preceded by a standstill. Still, education must be reformed with utmost care, to avoid pushing current results out of future students reach.
State exam ease: one point out of hundred will do
School-leavers of Estonia, rejoice! Starting next spring, state exams can be passed by just a point out of the hundred available. On the other hand, however: a mandatory school examination will be added, the content thereof decided single-handedly by school.
20.12.2013, Nils NiitraPM
Poorer kids year and a half behind, in studies
Tallinn University yesterday hosted discussions on what to conclude from PISA test results. As pointed out by educational scientist Krista Loogma, academic achievements of children from families of varying financial status greatly differ.
13.12.2013, Teelemari LoonetPM
English masters mother tongue at national university
In Latvia and Lithuania, only 20 per cent of Doctoral theses are defended in English. Meanwhile University of Tartu recently arrived at crossroads causing numerous teachers wonder what national university or mother tongued education really mean. In Tartu, 80 per cent of Doctoral theses are defended in English – dissertations in native tongue mainly the domain of Estonian philologists.
06.12.2013, Nils NiitraPM
Education minister: stratification unacceptable
At general education sustainability discussions at Riigikogu, yesterday, Minister of Education Jaak Aaviksoo stressed that the upcoming review of Education Act must solve a central issue: who bears full responsibility for ensuring general education. According to him, the initial and badly needed step towards that has been taken, the state for the first time assuming its legal responsibility to maintain state gymnasiums.
Estonian pupils in global top 10
As revealed by PISA tests Estonian schoolchildren fared better in math than those in Finland, our envied example.
04.12.2013, Anneli AmmasPM
Paul Alekand: please forgive me
Tallinn Industrial Education Centre headmaster Paul Alekand says it is difficult for him to explain the serial pre-election campaign at the school under his management; even so, he asks everybody to forgive him and is backing out of politics.
14.11.2013, Oliver KundPM
For years, state vocational school a votes factory for headmaster
This fall, director of Tallinn Industrial Education Centre – as at numerous local elections before, in a row – again applied election propaganda to students at his school, making use of authority over teachers. Education ministry thinks that, even with the man’s violations known for years, a reprimand will do.
14.11.2013, Oliver KundPM
Estonians exceedingly eager to study Russian
Those interested may study Russian at language schools, as well as in open universities.
12.11.2013, Rivo VeskiPM
Excellent IT-skills not expected by Estonian employers
Youth of Estonia are not lost, but parents-grandparents of theirs are not keen to develop school-time skills in further work life – starting to lag behind...
09.10.2013, Anneli AmmasPM
Teacher in Narva quits under political pressure
Pavel Kuznetsov, Teacher of the Year 2012 at Narva Soldino Gymnasium, was forced to quit his job when the school’s Centre-Party-headmaster found out he was running, in soc dems list, at local elections. «The kids do not know, actually, that I left for political reasons,» admits the 32 years old science teacher.
26.09.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: rights ravished
Sole power breeding forced partyzation and undermining democracy
Estonia’s education minister sees need for Russian Lyceum
Minister of education and research Jaak Aaviksoo tells Estonia’s Russian weekly Den za Dnjom of plan to seal secondary education agreement with Russia as soon as possible.
20.09.2013, Yevgenia GaranzhaPM
State exams to change
Starting this spring, state examinations will be different. Instead of the current version – one compulsory mother tongue (Estonian or Russian) exam plus 12 elective exams – only three mandatory exams remain: mother tongue (Estonian or Russian), mathematics and one foreign language. For two years already, instead of the former lengthy essay, mother tongue exams have included a shorter essay and a part revealing functional reading ability. In mathematics, changes come the next year, with options offered as a simple and a more complex version.
18.09.2013, Anneli AmmasPM
State exam top list the «same old» kind
Last graduates ever prove special blessing to closed-down Puurmani Gymnasium – by lifting it to 30th position, from 121st the year before.
18.09.2013, Anneli AmmasPM
Two Estonian universities ranked among 500 of world's best universities
According to a recent list of QS World University Rankings Estonia's University of Tartu (UT) improved its position to 461-470 and Tallinn University of Technology (TTU) reached the top 500 list for the first time.
Staff crisis may widen medical faculty doors
Social minister Taavi Rõivas proposes beefed up university admissions in upcoming years, for specialties of doctors and nurses.
27.08.2013, Oliver KundPM
Education no guarantee of female employment
Estonia’s highly educated unemployed include large numbers of people with degrees in economics – a subject taught to many more than needed on labour market.
30.07.2013, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Editorial: the face of a boy
In education, gender equality is off balance; this time, to the detriment of males. As also pointed out by latest Human Development Report: nowhere in Europe are highly educated ladies in such an overwhelming majority as in Estonia. Being confirmed by this year’s university admissions data: for every hundred gentlemen, an average of 150 girls enter universities, lady graduates being twice as abundant.
Male Estonians kept outside of education
Nowhere in Europe do men lag as far behind, in education, as in Estonia – for every hundred male students, over 150 ladies enter universities. Among graduates, women are twice as abundant.
25.07.2013, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Curricula of major universities under scrutiny
According to EKKA Quality Assessment Council head Heli Mattisen, institutional accreditation will be performed on all major universities in 2014–2015. Among other things it will be assessed how universities have considered results of former assessments and how they are guaranteeing international competitiveness in their specialties.
12.07.2013, Anna PõldPM
Tallinn University of Technology emerges as most popular
In many universities, admission of applications ended this Friday. On the basis of current data, Tallinn University of Technology is leading the pack, with 10,505 applications received.
08.07.2013, Madis FilippovPM
Aaviksoo: fraud more widespread than we think
Minister of education and research Jaak Aaviksoo believes that, in order to uproot fraud from universities, mindsets have to be altered first – students will have to develop intolerance towards copying and plagiarism, standing ready to turn the cheats in.
05.07.2013, Kaspar JõgevaPM
135 students fail exam at university
Estonian Information Technology College teacher Peeter Lorents flunked 94 per cent of first-year students at an exam this spring, wherefore the latter demand, in a petition filed to college leadership, the immediate removal of the man from provision of education.
28.06.2013, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Tallinn University leads way with increase of free studies
According to Helen Põllo, deputy head of higher education department in Ministry of Education and Research, there were 9,150 free admissions available in Estonia’s universities last year. With more budget money channelled into higher education, at least 3,500 such offers may now be added.
27.06.2013, Kaspar Jõgeva