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March 27, 2003

Saitama Backs Away From Coed System

The Saitama Prefecture Board of Education has formally decided against moves to make all public high schools coeducational. An independent committee recommended in March of last year that 16 schools in the region should be made coed. This is the current trend in eastern Japan, which has many single-sex school. Several prefectures, including Miyagi and Fukushima, are moving to make all schools coed. But Saitama authorities say their decision was based on public opinion. There have been strong protests from both PTAs and students, with 270,000 people signing a petition against any changes.

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