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July 15, 2005

Shinagawa Moves to a 4-3-2 Beat

Shinagawa Ward in Tokyo is to revamp the standard 6-year, 3-year elementary-junior high school program at all public schools from next spring. It will create a new 4-3-2-year continuous curriculum that includes teaching English from the first grade. The system of different teachers for each subject will be introduced from the fifth grade. A major reason for the change is the recent increase in truancy among students who have just graduated from elementary school to middle school. The fifth and sixth grade curriculum will return to the number of classroom hours that was standard before the "yutori kyoiku" system was introduced in 2002. The ward is making the change under its special deregulation zone status.
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