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September 01, 2004

Aso Announces More ALTs

The government announced in July that the number of ALTs employed at public elementary schools is to be dramatically increased. Taro Aso, Minister of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications said after a cabinet meeting on July 10 that the current number of 73 ALTs would be boosted to 400 in the 5th and 6th grades by next year. The following year will see an increase to 1,000 ALTs teaching 3rd grade and above. The aim is to help students become familiar with English and foreign cultures at an early age. The number of English related classes for the upper grades will double from one to two per month.

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