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February 27, 2004

Nara to Give Kids English Head Start

The Nara Prefecture Board of Education has decided to hold extracurricular English classes for first and second graders at 10 public elementary schools on a trial basis in the 2004 school year starting in April, prefectural officials said Thursday. Nara may be the first Japanese prefecture to independently introduce English classes for such younger children at public schools, an education ministry official in Tokyo said. In Japan, schoolchildren usually start English classes after they leave elementary school and enter junior high school. (Kyodo News)

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