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June 27, 2003

Tokyo to Toughen Teacher Training

The Tokyo metropolitan education committee announced this week that 50 university seniors hoping to become elementary school teachers will have a chance to complete a more intensive period of practical experience. Currently "trainees" spend about 4 weeks at a school, teaching and observing lessons, in order to obtain their teaching license. But the committee feels that this period combined with university study isn't enough to get a true feel for teaching. The new system will be implemented from next April, with school principals choosing the worthy students. At least one full day a week and a one-week intensive will be spent at a public elementary school. They will receive university credits for this training.

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