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January 30, 2003

Teachers Reject New Guidelines

A survey by Kyodo News of elementary and junior school teachers shows that a majority are unhappy with the new educational guidelines introduced by the education ministry last April. They say the reduced curriculum is lowering children's academic abilities and making them lose interest in classes. Most said they were in favor of the five-day week but many commented that it increased the burden on both teachers and students. The survey of 100 teachers was carried out before the Japan Teachers Union national meeting on educational research held in Nara Prefecture last weekend. 2,700 teachers took part in the meeting, whose main theme was "What is Academic Ability?"

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