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October 07, 2004

Osaka's "Super Teachers"

Following its recent decision to implement a merit based salary system, the Osaka prefectural education board announced on Tuesday that it is considering a "Suupaa Kyoushi" (Super Teacher) classification for teachers who excel. Both changes are set to begin in 2006. Currently, the only option open to teachers wishing to advance beyond the "Heikyouin" (Common Teacher) classification is to aim to be a principal or assistant principal. The new system would allow teachers to continue classroom teaching, but with improved salary and other benefits. A similar system is being implemented in Hiroshima and planned in Miyazaki.

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