Singapore boy flourishing in Finnish school

After his O levels, Dylan Soh, 16, enrolled in an international school in Finland. The former Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) student says being in a different education system has helped him pick up new skills.
Mr Calvin Soh (centre), an adman turned farmer and product innovator, encourages his children Ava (left) and Dylan to take on projects outside school as he wants them to be creative individuals because "creativity is the new superpower", he says. ST
Mr Calvin Soh (centre), an adman turned farmer and product innovator, encourages his children Ava (left) and Dylan to take on projects outside school as he wants them to be creative individuals because "creativity is the new superpower", he says. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

While his classmates at Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) were deciding between the junior college and polytechnic route after completing their O levels last December, Dylan Soh decided to take the path less travelled and headed to Finland.

Now, having spent the last six months in the Etela Tapiolan lukio, an international high school in Espoo where lessons are taught in English and Finnish, the 16-year-old says he has no regrets for having taken the unusual route.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2019, with the headline 'Singapore boy flourishing in Finnish school'. Print Edition | Subscribe