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April 20, 2004

Majority of Students Busy After School

A survey carried out in December by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper and Benesse Corp. shows that 80% of elementary and junior high school students take part in study or practice activities outside school hours. The poll asked students' guardians what their hopes were for their children's extra-curricular activities. The most popular answer was "to further their entrance exam preparedness" (33.4%), while 21.5% said they hoped their children would "develop the practical ability to use English". Girls tend to overwhelmingly favor musical activities while boys are far more likely to take part in sports. Overall, the most common extra-curricular activities were 'learning a musical instrument' (19.1%), 'distance learning' (16%) and 'swimming school' (15.9%). 'English study' came in 7th, at 11.1%.
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