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Aptitude tests to be reintroduced for vocational studies

Prospective students wanting to work with children and youth will be vetted in the future, the government says.

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Aptitude tests will be reintroduced to vocational training programmes in the health and social care sector, the Ministry of Education and Culture said in a statement on Friday.

”People need to be able to trust that those studying in the social and healthcare fields are committed and competent. Vocational schools need to be able to screen against those who are unsuitable for caring for children or the elderly. We will correct this change, which was made by the last government, and reinstate aptitude tests,” said Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen in a government press release.

The amendment applies to degrees in the social and healthcare sector, dental technology, pharmacology, aeronautical installation, and maritime affairs.

The government said the change may come into effect this spring at the earliest.

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