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July 22, 2002

Super English Schools

Saturday's Japan Times included an article on the 18 high schools that were designated as Super English Language High Schools (SELHi) in April by the education ministry. The schools were chosen from 50 candidates and received a total of ¥81 million for this fiscal year. The allocation per school is relatively small but is being used for such projects as teaching subjects such as science and math in English, utilizing the Internet and collaborating with sister schools abroad. The ministry plans to raise the number of SELHi schools to 100 in three years. A spokesman for the high school teachers union expressed a fear that the system would create an elite and inequality in secondary education, adding that the emphasis should be on reducing class sizes.

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