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November 20, 2003

Rethinking the JET Program

The Guardian newspaper ran an article a while back on the changes afoot in the JET Program. Recently, more and more municipal boards of education are looking to hire trained teachers rather than young, enthusiastic but inexperienced JETs. The article cites as an example the fact that of the 61 teachers employed as ALTs in Yokohama this year, 65% are privately hired. It also quotes the board's program co-ordinator Elizabeth Knight, "Give us another two years and we won't be hiring any more Jets." Some boards are looking to the big eikaiwa chains, such as Nova and ECC, to fill their teaching needs. The JET Program is still the largest of its kind in the world, but 16 years after it began it looks to be heading for a difficult adolescence.
Guardian article

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