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April 01, 2003

More Controversy on the Way for Int'l Schools?

Another plan to change regulations governing international schools looks likely to draw charges of discrimination. The change to the tax code proposed by the Finance Ministry is designed to bring more foreign investment into the school system. But following limitations issued by the education ministry, it only applies to schools accredited by four US and European education groups, and thus excludes schools for Asian ethnic groups. The government was recently forced to cancel plans to allow certain international school graduates to bypass the "daiken" university pre-admission exam, amid claims of racism by the bar association as well as Chinese and Korean groups.

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