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July 08, 2003

58% of Public Schools Have Web Site

Almost all public schools in Japan are connected to the Internet and 58% of the schools have their own Web site, according to an education ministry survey conducted at the end of March and released Friday. About 53% of the teachers use educational software and Internet materials in class. The figure is 5 percentage points up from the previous year, and is the first time the figure has exceeded the 50% target set by the ministry for the end of fiscal 2001. Its new goal is to have almost all public school teachers using computers by fiscal 2005, and plans to beef up its training program for teachers accordingly. At public elementary schools, 66% of teachers uses computers in class while 46% teachers at junior high schools do so. Only 38% of high school teachers use computers, according to the survey. (from a Kyodo story)

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