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January 12, 2005

Japan Following UK's Example

It seems that many measures being enacted to counter dropping academic levels in Japan are based on changes implemented to tackle the problem in the UK since the late 1980s. Asahi.com carried an article at the weekend on the issue, which looked at the British national curriculum tests for primary students, and the move to focus more classroom time on teach rather than fun or free activities, even for 5-year olds. A league table of test results listed by school is made public every year. Current education minister Nariaki Nakayama said last year that it is likely that Japan will reintroduce the national exam that has been out of favor since the 1980s as well as other measures that will likely lead to increased competition between schools.
Asahi.com article (Japanese)
BBC: School league tables

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