Students in upper secondary general schools

Description of the data collection

The target of the collection of individual-based data on upper secondary general school students is the number of students attending upper secondary general education on 20 September. The following are regarded as upper secondary general education leading to a qualification:

- Education leading to the completion of the whole upper
secondary general school syllabus (education leading
to the matriculation examination)

- Education leading to the international matriculation examination
(education leading to the International Baccalaureate or
IB diploma)

- Education leading to the Reifeprüfung examination
(only Helsingin Saksalainen koulu)

- Education leading to the Gymnasieexamen
(only Ålands lyceum)

- Education leading to the European Baccalaureate or EB diploma
(only Helsingin eurooppalainen koulu).

From whom are data collected?

The information is gathered through the organisers of the education. The data providers are all educational institutions which on 20 September have registered students in upper secondary general education leading to a qualification.

The data are collected via the Internet as file transfers. The application remains open from 10 September to 10 October. The application can only be accessed by data suppliers who have received a user ID from Statistics Finland.

Data processing

The obligation to provide data is based on the Statistics Act (280/2004). The Statistics Act obliges Statistics Finland to treat the provided data as confidential.

What are the data used for?

The collected data are used to produce statistics on upper secondary general education. The data are used by representatives of the educational administration in the planning and evaluation of education, as well as by organisers of education, and association, researchers and students in the field. Because the collected data are individual-based, they can also be combined with Statistics Finland’s other data files to examine applications and acceptance to education, student flows, overlapping studies, employment among students and transition from school to work.

The data from the data collection are used in the following statistics:

How often are data collected?

Annually