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December 09, 2002

Parents More Worried About Kids' Education

A survey by Benesse reported in the Asahi Shimbun shows that recent curriculum and schedule changes to ease the pressure on students have not reassured parents. In the survey of about 5,000 Tokyo parents of children between 1st and 9th grade, more than half said they were concerned or very concerned about their children's academic progress. The figures were 46% for elementary school students and 59% for junior high schoolers, both up several points from the last survey in 1998. The numbers were similar for those who felt their children needed to go to juku (cram school). On the other hand, the number of parents who were satisfied if their children were "enjoying school life regardless of grades", or were getting good enough grades to "get by in the future" were both down.

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