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Basic Education Act 628/1998 Amendments up to 1136/2004 Section 10 Language of instruction 1. The language of instruction and the language used in extracurricular teaching shall be either Finnish or Swedish. The language of instruction may also be Saame, Roma or sign language. In addition, part of teaching may be given in a language other than the pupils' native language referred to above, provided that this does not risk the pupils' ability to follow teaching. (Amendment 1288/1999) 2. Pupils living in the Saame home area who are proficient in the Saame language shall be primarily taught in Saame. Pupils with auditory impairments must be given teaching in sign language, when needed. Section 12 Mother tongue 1. As mother tongue, the pupil shall be taught Finnish, Swedish or Saame in keeping with the language of instruction. 2. As mother tongue, the pupil may also be taught the Roma language, sign language or some other language which is the pupil's native language.
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