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.
More first-graders this year
The number of children going to first grade from September 1 will grow this year, as it has for several consecutive years, which is why no schools will be closed this time around. This school year will see nearly 15,500 first-graders, over 700 more than last year.
01.09.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Richest parish plans «cheap to keep» school
From among the 17 works sent to compete for design solution of Viimsi Parish State Gymnasium building, «CLT» by Novarc Group AS and KAMP Arhitektid OÜ was yesterday declared the winner.
03.08.2016, Gert SinilooPM
Teacher fired after article teased student
Teacher Priit Diever (EKRE) fired from Järva-Jaani Gymnasium after opinion article published in Õhtuleht on June 9th titled «Childless women, do lower your super high bar!» believes he lost his job for convictions. The school claims the teacher has been in conflict with leadership and pupils for over a year and been subject to many a reprimand.
21.06.2016, Liis Velsker
Hanna-Liina Võsa pingeline hooaeg lõppes ootamatult
Need, kes arvavad, et muusikamaailma tähed kümblevad glamuuris ja vahuveinis, sõidavad eralennukitega ja nende tervis on rauast, eksivad. Lauljatar Hanna-Liina Võsa veetis viimase aasta hoopis laevas ja rongis, kõndis omal jalal ühest punktist teise ning hooaja lõpus enne pikemale emaduspuhkusele jäämist ütles üles ka tema tervis.
11.05.2016, Kirke ErtPM
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
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
Estonian appeals court leaves school shooter's punishment unchanged
The Tartu circuit court on Thursday upheld for the most part the ruling of the lower-level Tartu county court in the case of the Viljandi school shooter, including the punishment meted out to the youngster.
Estonian state to make waves by training every child into swimmer
International fame of Estonia may not remain limited to teaching programming in preschool if four ministries manage to pull off the following: by age of ten, teaching all children to swim decently. At that, the measurements would be among Europe's meanest.
02.03.2016, Oliver KundPM
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
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
Computer made handwriting «pupil plain»
While born with DNA and fingerprints, people acquire their handwriting with study and practice. Though at school all are taught to use the same kinds of letters, all end up with an handwriting uniquely their own.
16.12.2015, Liis VelskerE24
Edetabel: Millised on maailma parimad ärikoolid?
Business Insider on reastanud õppeasutuste mainet ja õppemaksu ning lõpetajate palgataset, hõivatust ja GMAT standardtesti keskmisi tulemusi arvestades maailma 50 parimat ärikooli.
Kivipead koolipingis! Mees õpetab raha eest, kuidas kanepit tarbida
Washington D.C.-s, kus kanepi suitsetamine on legaalne, pakub mees teenusena narkootilise aine tarbimise õppesessiooni.
Editorial: the Toobal story moral
The moral is plain as can be: not befitting for adults to seek potential partners in schools. Be the targets opposite or same sex, be the seekers politicians of bus drivers, men or women. Makes no difference.
In private chats, Priit Toobal wooed schoolboys
«Sry... that was too gay maybe.»
«Nowadays they say all are bi :D so cool :D»
«Might down vodka together sometime :D»
«Thought let's have a sauna [party] and down some vodka :D»
In a recent Facebook conversation, these sentences were written by top Centre Party cadre and Riigikogu member to a 16 years old male gymnasium student. A few hours after learning about the investigative article to be published thereon in Postimees, Mr Toobal announced his resignation from the parliament citing need to defend reputation of the Riigikogu.
19.11.2015, Risto BerendsonE24
Mis on Warren Buffetti edu saladuseks?
Bloomberg hindab legendaarse investori Warren Buffetti varanduse väärtuseks 62 miljardit dollarit. Maailma rikkuselt kolmas inimene ise on oma edu saladusena maininud kolme olulist tegurit, kirjutab Business Insider.
Удивительные метаморфозы: стилисты превратили 60-летних бабушек в настоящих модниц
Любая женщина может молодо и стильно выглядеть в 60 лет, особенно если с ней поработает хороший имиджмейкер.
Uuring: Eesti ettevõtete juhtide jaoks on innovaatilisus tagaplaanil
Eile esitletud EASi Juhtimisvaldkonna uuringust selgus, et kuigi Eesti ettevõtteid hoitakse hästi käimas, on uusi ideid vähevõitu.
Uuring: Eesti ettevõtete juhtkondades on naiste osakaal vaid 27 protsenti
Eile esitletud EASi Juhtimisvaldkonna uuringust selgus, et Eesti suurfirmade juhtimine on jätkuvalt pigem meestekeskne.
Rohelise initsiatiivi hüljanud Taani kolmekordistab elektriautode hindu
Taani järgmise aasta riigieelarvekava järgi kaotatakse elektriautodele ära senised ostu- ja maksusoodustused. See samm muudab nende hinna senisega võrreldes aga pea kolmekordseks, kirjutab Bloomberg.
Student accused of shooting teacher pleads guilty
The closed court session in Viljandi courthouse over student accused of killing a teacher at Paalalinna School begun by a large gathering of reporters and photographers in front of the building.
18.09.2015, Marko SuurmägiPM
Estonian children are critical of school, parents - survey
Researchers of the Institute of Social Studies of the University of Tartu participated in an international survey of children's subjective well-being and found out that compared to children of other countries Estonian children are rather satisfied with their use of time and their friendships, but are more critical of how their parents take into account what children say and are the most critical of school.
When game becomes reality
A violent game banned for those under 18 in several nations is freely indulged by Estonian first graders at home and play areas, and purchased in stores.
19.05.2015, Siiri LiivaE24
B2B ärimudeliga ettevõtted räägivad sageli oma klientidest mööda
Konsultatsioonifirma Target One partner ja konsultant Rauno Pajuri kirjutab arvamusloos sellest, kuidas ka üsna piiratud vahenditega väikeettevõte saab muuta oma turundustegevust oluliselt mõtestatumaks ning efektiivsemaks.
30.04.2015, Rauno PajuriPM
Court to discuss school shooter's case behind closed doors in September
Tartu county court is to discuss behind closed doors on Sept. 18 the case of the student who shot and killed his teacher in the South Estonian town of Viljandi last fall.
Viljandi school shooter remains unrepentant
By psychiatrists’ decision yesterday, the Viljandi school shooter Vahur will stand trial in court. Meanwhile, there is no desire in the youth to offer any public explanations.
10.02.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Viljandi school shooter taken into custody
The student who shot and killed his teacher during class in the South Estonian town of Viljandi at the end October was taken into custody on Tuesday.
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
All were having lots of fun and then came the shock...
On the face of it, nothing foreboding at the German lesson this Monday at Paalalinna School in Viljandi. A teacher for decades, Ene Sarap was obviously in a good mood, asking the kids about their holidays. «All were having lots of fun,» the school shooter Vahur (15) said afterwards.
30.10.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
15-y-o school shooter says he did not get along with killed teacher
The 15-year-old student who on Monday killed a teacher in a school shooting in the South Estonian town of Viljandi told the police investigators that he did not get along with the teacher.
The Tuesday 7.30 am teachers meeting
Main piece of advice to teachers in Viljandi after losing their colleague shot dead this Monday is do talk about it. Talk to the point, and speculate not.
29.10.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: let us notice, let us listen, let us lend a helping hand
Today, all of Estonia is in shared mourning with those close to the late teacher Ene Sarap, her colleagues and pupils at Paalalinna School in Viljandi. What a terrible tragedy for the entire nation.
The diligent student with a dark troubled soul
While people close to Vahur (15) who shot his teacher say he was a good student and ready to relate, in social media the lad left an impression rather different and dark.
28.10.2014, Oliver KundPM
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
Student kills teacher in school shooting in South Estonia
A student shot a teacher at a school in the South Estonian town of Viljandi on Monday afternoon and according to initial information the teacher died.
Pupils prefer homeplace gymnasiums
The initial state gymnasiums are having to prove they can offer a more multifaceted academic education than the small country ones.
25.08.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Minors torching ghost schools
The former schoolhouse at Õismäe Road 130, Tallinn is surrounded by large blocks of flats, a kindergarten and a sports ground where children are playing a good game of football.
19.08.2014, Meribel SinikaldaPM
Schoolhouse stinks of hazardous chemicals
In all probability, the air in Lähte Coeducational Gymnasium contains carcinogenic formaldehyde above WHO-advised ceiling.
15.10.2013, Nils NiitraPM
Misso: feisty village school defying downhill trend
In the South-Easternmost nook of Estonia, there lies a commune called Misso. Against all odds, their festive «school-starts» gathering today featured more kids than last year – by a third. Schools merged, again? Nope! It’s just that folks are moving into the country side, by the families.
02.09.2013, Nils NiitraPM
Planet’s biggest Estonian school warm with community spirit
Yesterday, the world’s largest Estonian language school, the Viimsi one with 1,786 students, festively kicked off academic year with three ceremonies in its three houses. Today, five more ceremonies are in store – only then the studies may begin.
02.09.2013, Anneli AmmasPM
Estonian govt denies four Tallinn schools permission to teach in Russian
The Estonian government on Thursday denied permission to four Tallinn schools to conduct instruction in Russian at the upper secondary level as there are no real obstacles to teaching in Estonian.
Editorial: a dubious precedent in Tallinn school network
We might as well start with a contemporary Estonian proverb: higher education for free, basic education for money. For thus, fears the Ministry of Education, will it be if Tallinn’s new initiative – Tallinn City Centre Basic School, a private one – is awarder education licence. The plan is somewhat dubious indeed.