The role of basic education is to nurture and educate. The aim is to support the growth of the pupils as individuals and members of society and teach them the necessary information and skills. The goals of basic education are determined in the national core curriculum, the City of Kalajoki’s curriculum for basic education prepared based on the national core curriculum, and the schools’ annual plans.

The curriculum is currently being updated. The new curriculum will enter into force for Years 1–6 as of 1 August 2016 and for Years 7–9 in stages in 2017, 2018 and 2019.