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December 20, 2004

Saturday Classes Making a Comeback

A growing number of schools are reintroducing lessons on Saturdays. Five schools in the Tokyo area have done so this year, and that number will triple to 17 next year. The metropolitan board of education has allowed the change, as long as it doesn't "interfere with the principle of the 5-day week system." The move is part of a reversal in educational policy, as changes introduced in the last few years are seen to be causing a decline in academic standards. Many schools nationwide have "supplementary lessons" on Saturdays, but very few have classes that are part of the curriculum. But in Tokyo, more than 70% of private junior high schools have refused to change to the 5-day week, introduced in 2002.

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