The city of Tampere, in south-central Finland, plans to shut 20 schools and daycare centres by 2033, according to a new report released by the city’s housing and real estate committee.
The city's population continues to grow rapidly, and over the next fifteen years some 7,000 additional children are expected to enter the education system, the committee. Another reason behind the plans to shutter some of the schools and other facilities is because they're in poor condition.
In August officals announced plans that the city would invest some 200 million euros in new educational facility projects, with an aim to build large, comprehensive schools that serve up to 1,000 students.
However, some local politicians have voiced concern that journeys to the planned schools would be too long for some students, particularly primary school pupils.
Tampere's population grew by 3,700 last year – the largest increase ever – and the city's head count stood at 232,000 at the end of last year.