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February 25, 2005

Problem School Saved by English Program

The 14th installment in the Daily Yomiuri's "In Pursuit of English" looked at how a private high school in Osaka used an English program as part of the efforts that saved it from closure. In the early 1990s, Osaka Kunei High School was faced with many problems, including very low academic standards, falling enrollment, and students running away from home. But a dramatic transformation has ocurred over the last decade, thanks largely to an international course that requires students to spend a year studying abroad, for which they receive full credits. The school also negotiated discount rates for its students at a major English-language school for twice-a-week classes. Since a 1988 revision of the education law, more private schools have been creating foreign study courses.
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