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January 19, 2005

Nakayama Speaks on Curriculum Change

Education minister Nakayama Nariaki gave a clear indication after a regional "school meeting" yesterday that the ministry is looking to reverse recent changes in the national curriculum. The ministry is considered likely to soon announce measures to address the problem of dropping academic standards, such as a return to Saturday lessons, more focus on the basic subjects, and less on "yutori kyoiku" (pressure-free education). While English is not one of the four basic subjects (Japanese, math, science and social studies), the current change in approach is likely to affect how much time is available for English classes in the revised curriculum.

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