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April 24, 2003

A New Frontier

In a project to improve academic performance, the education ministry this week announced 337 "frontier high schools" across the country. The one-year experiment is based around measures such as setting Eiken exam targets, keeping a record of work done at home, and making lessons easier for students to understand, with the aim of increasing students' incentive to study. A dozen or so schools in each of 39 prefectures and municipalities will receive a share of the ¥200-million budget. The vast majority are public schools, with 13 private and one national school. Based on the results at the end of the academic year, discussions will be held about implementing measures at all of the nation's schools.

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