Basic education in Finland consists of nine years of general education free of charge. Every child who is living permanently in Finland is obligated to attend compulsory education. Compulsory education begins the calendar year a child turns seven. Compulsory education continues until the student reaches the age of 18. Compulsory education can end earlier if the student completes a matriculation examination or a vocational degree.
The Kokkola upper secondary school for adults organises teaching in the final stages of basic education for adults.
Kokkola has 27 basic education schools, of which 22 operate in Finnish and 5 in Swedish.