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January 26, 2004

Students Dislike Study But Recognize Importance of English

The results of an education ministry survey published last Friday show that three quarters of high school seniors dislike studying, but also that most understand its importance. While 79% said they considered study "important" or "fairly important," only 4.6% said they like to study, and 15.4% said they "fairly like" it. When asked about subjects they considered important regardless of their role in university entrance examinations, more than 75% of students chose English and Japanese, while less than 40% chose mathematics. When something they do not understand comes up during class, 25.7% said they ask the teacher after class, 45.3% said they look it up later by themselves, and 35.7% said they do not do anything about it. Another statistic, reflected in all test scores, showed that students who have breakfast before going to school do better than those who skip it. 41% of students said they do little or no study outside of school. The survey of 105,000 students - about 8% of the national total - randomly selected nationwide was carried out in November 2002. story (in Japanese)

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