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March 11, 2004

And They're...Off

The education ministry has decided to undertake a formal study on whether English should be made a compulsory subject at the elementary school level. Under instruction from Education Minister Takeo Kawamura, a panel of foreign language experts of the Central Council for Education is to start discussions in April with the aim of choosing a direction within the next academic year. Whether to introduce English to the primary school curriculum will be considered as part of the overall plan to improve English levels during the course of compulsory education. The ministry has stated that even if it is decided to make English compulsory for younger students, the effect on other subjects must be considered before such a plan would be implemented. The teaching license system would also have to be revised.
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