Tuesday Newspapers: Finnish Party leadership, distance learning, defeat of the Finnish Eagle-Owls | News

Morning papers look at the outlook for the Finnish Populist Party after its leader announced his resignation.

Finnish goalkeeper Lukas Hradecký. Image: Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP / Getty Images

On Monday, the leader of the Finnish opposition party, the deputy Jussi Halla-aho, announced that he did not plan to run for the post again at the party’s annual meeting in August – in effect handing in his resignation from his party’s top post.

Political scientist Petri Koikkalainen from the University of Lapland told the farmers union newspaper Maaseudun Tulevaisuus (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that the announcement was a surprise. He would have expected Halla-aho to remain at the head of his party at least until the next parliamentary elections.

“During his presidency, Halla-aho was the undisputed leader of the party, which had no challenger. It has been widely assumed that he aimed to make his party the largest in the country and even the status of bigger party for his party and even seek the post of prime minister, “Koikkalainen told the newspaper.

Although there were differences of opinion within the Finnish Party on certain issues, according to this researcher the party did not see any en bloc divisions that would have indicated that someone was contesting Halla-aho for the presidency. . The most important question now is whether the Finnish Party will be able to choose a direction with which to move forward towards the next parliamentary elections.

Koikkalainen was not willing at this point to speculate on who will be the next party chairman. However, some conclusions can be drawn from the party’s previous elections.

“Those who have traditionally had the best chances have been the vice-chairman of the party and the chairman of the parliamentary group,” he said.

During this time, Emilia palonen, political scientist at the University of Helsinki specializing in populism, told the daily Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that Halla-aho’s move makes strategic sense. There are still two years before the next legislative elections, and the party now has time to profile itself to resemble its new leader.

“It was a good bet,” Palonen said.

Palonen considers this a smart move, especially when you think about what has often been a problem for populist parties – they are very strongly attached to a leader, which makes change very difficult.

“Now the Finnish Party should be something more than its leader, if it is to be successful nationally in the next election. Perhaps this is the conclusion Halla-aho has come to,” said Palonen at Helsingin Sanomat.

“Besides, it’s always good to go upstairs,” she said.

Dissatisfied with distance education

In March-April of this year, the upper classes of primary school switched from contact education to distance education for a month to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The survey, aimed at students in grades 7-10, aimed to map the distance learning experience in the spring, with 1,480 students responding to the survey.

Half of those students in grades 7 to 10 said they felt the pandemic had hampered their schooling and that they had not learned as well during the distance learning period. Despite this, fewer of them saw distance learning as a major challenge, compared to distance learning last year.

Only a fifth said they would be in favor of continuing distance education in the future. On the other hand, a hybrid method combining face-to-face and distance learning has grown in popularity, as has the continued use of digital applications in the classroom.

Not surprisingly, distance learning has had psychological and emotional drawbacks.

In spring 2019, 16% of students said they had felt depressed or hopeless “almost every day or several days in the past two weeks”. In spring 2021, the share reached 32%.

Also, in spring 2019, 12% of students felt lonely or quite often. In spring 2021, that figure was 18%.

As to the effectiveness of distance education, 77 percent of Helsinki secondary school students who responded felt that they had learned less from distance education than from contact lessons.

Defeat in the heat

All Tuesday morning papers report the Finnish football team’s 2-0 loss to Belgium on Monday night, which should spell the end of the Eagle-Owls tournament.

The Finnish defense, and especially the goalkeeper Lukáš Hrádecký, maintained the world number one seed without a goal for more than 70 minutes of a tense but thrilling game, until Belgium ended up opening the scoring in the cruelest way. Belgian defender Thomas vermaelenHrádecký’s header bounced off the crossbar but deflected into the net via Hrádecký’s desperate glove.

The Belgians doubled their advantage in the 81st minute when Romelu Lukaku received the ball inside the Finnish box before turning around and shooting Hrádecký in an instant.

In a post-match interview with Yle, reported by Ilta-Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun), Finnish center-back Paulus Arajuuri said: “Belgium are a world class team. They were really good. I think we did our best and gave everything. You can’t do more than that.”

The defeat leaves Finland in third place in Group B with three points and a -2 goal difference, which is a fine performance for the country’s first appearance in a men’s finals, but it is unlikely that it will. enough to secure a place in the round of 16. steps.

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