Reps to take care of Russian schools
Let it be said right away that talk of Mailis Reps' ambition to secure the position of justice minister was, according to her, mere speculation as the Pro Patria Res Publica Union (IRL) was dead set on reserving that position for Urmas Reinsalu from the first. The Center Party's 41-year-old deputy chairman becoming education minister once more was rather a last minute outcome.
05.12.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
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.
In cities, small private schools to tighten belts
Next year, lion's share of private schools will have to cut operating costs by half or significantly raise tuition fee. They will not close doors, though.
19.05.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
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
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.
Editorial: OECD strikes chord in Estonian educational debate
Estonia would do well to heed the advice by OECD as touching issues debated and carrying a broader weight in society with regards to principles and even the future.
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
Pigeon post just had a busy weekend
The stand-off between supporters of private schools and education ministry has lasted for over half a year. This weekend, it assumed a dimension altogether new as 69 culture personas including the revered composer Arvo Pärt have signed an address to defend private schools' right to life.
04.04.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: let's teach all kids to really swim
For the new plan to teach all children in Estonia to swim, money should definitely be found. While even now a basic course is featured in schools, not all acquire the skill due to shortage of training hours. And some schools have gone without. In every way it is laudable that the problem is tackled in earnest.
Editorial: the next pudding to be proven in the eating
The Riigikogu hath decided: at next local elections in fall of 2017, the youth aged 16 and 17 may cast their votes as well. Up to now, the level was 18 and up. A remarkable change which may make the society stronger by the added votes while overall political environment and culture are key factors.
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
The random use of EU money
Over these past seven years, Estonia's parishes and towns have received €4bn of European Union funding while equality of counties remains elusive.
01.12.2015, 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.
Editorial: the kids sports parental hate speech issue
The screaming, spitting and cussing mama bouncing on the bleacher may be fun to watch, perhaps, in some comedy. In real life, spare me the encounter.
Mastering Estonian: two years will do
In an old manor some kilometers from the refugee center at the village of Vao there sits this tiny Kiltsi Basic School. While, at education ministry, preparations for educators regarding refugees is starting next year, in this school with 60 students this is already reality.
21.09.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
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.
Stronger stick, sweeter carrot, and urge to merge
At the moment, Estonia sports 213 local governments. By our 100th Anniversary, they should be three times less. The conditions for survival of some and extinction of others are being feverishly forged.
16.07.2015, Oliver KundPM
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
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
Fewer flunks at traffic tests
Road Administration has come public with theory and driving tests results and provided an overview of serious slips by ladies and gentlemen while doing the drive.
21.01.2015, Rivo VeskiPM
«Free school lunch» served as idiom
Though earlier announced by education ministry and its soc dem chief Jevgeni Ossinovski that this New Year extends free school lunch to gymnasium level, real life may be different. As explained by the ministry, «free school lunch» is actually a colloquial idiom in use over a decade.
07.01.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Curtain (again) falls on Soviet mural
Till 2008 a veil hid mural extolling the Soviet Union by Evald Okas – one now used as backdrop for class photographs by Tallinn Linnamäe Russian Lyceum.
21.11.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Savisaar to wage war on sales of spirits
Tallinn health coalition headed by Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar has tasked Tallinn city government headed by Edgar Savisaar with substantially restricting availability of alcohol in Tallinn.
23.10.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
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
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
During Obama visit, the wise will walk
Better not take a car to Tallinn city centre next Wednesday.
28.08.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Driving tests flunked by half of attempters
As evidenced by practical driving test statistics, nearly half of would-be-drivers fail to pass at initial try. For quite a few, multiple attempts are needed.
29.07.2014, Merilyn SädePM
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.
Editorial: Tallinn’s school merger should start by talks
The need to rearrange Tallinn school network, to provide proper education unhindered by excessive or shrinking amounts of pupils – this is understandable. Even so: the way execution thereof is planned at least partially smells of settling of accounts between education ministry and city powers, possibly hindering birth of better organised study in Tallinn.
With pupils few, shut the school
Deputy Mayor in charge of education in Estonia’s capital, Mihhail Kõlvart (Centre Party), tells us which schools Tallinn intends to merge.
29.01.2014, Rivo VeskiPM
Editorial: easy answers not always correct
Yearly, as the schools top lists are published, those interested in quality of education split into four camps. All four agreeing that quality of education, in schools of Estonia, differs to the degree that a highly problematic gap threatens graduates – regarding their knowledge and future options in life. Nevertheless, on reasons the camps clash.
Editorial: schools needing districts, districts needing schools
The schools top list, a yearly source of divisions, has deserved lion’s share of the criticism it has drawn. To assess schools after a single criterion would be like marrying somebody according to shoe size or IQ – such ways to select the best being quite naive and doomed to fail.
The biggest, the tiniest
Estonia’s biggest school is the one of Viimsi, boasting 1,599 kids last year. This time around, they will have 1,779 of them, 245 hitting grade one. Of Estonia’s approximate total of 540 schools, 350 have less students that Viimsi’s 1st grade. Estonia has its biggest schools in Tallinn and Tartu. An exception being the school in Keila, landing 4th last year when it came to numbers. Among the small ones, country schools prevail.
02.09.2013, Mikk Salu