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October 09, 2003

Education Guidelines Not Working

The so-called "yutori kyoiku," or relaxed approach to education, looks likely to be overhauled next year. An advisory panel to education minister Takeo Kawamura has admitted that the system is not working and recommended a shift back to a more academic focus. The current guidelines have been in effect at public elementary and junior high schools since 2002 and high schools since this April. They outline advanced subjects that shouldn't be taught, in an effort to reduce "cram school" education and encourage individuality and self development. But there have been protests from both education experts and parents that the system has led to a decline in academic standards. The Central Education Council report covers several areas: ensuring that all students attain basic academic ability; stating clearly that teachers are free to teach subjects outside the guidelines; recommending a switch from the three-term school year to a two-semester system with a shorter summer vacation to allow for more class time. The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry is expected to use the report to revise the guidelines in time for next April.

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