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October 25, 2006

Lecture Training on the Horizon for Teachers

Beginning in April 2008, university and junior college teachers will need to take training to improve their lecturing proficiency, according to officials at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

A 1999 initiative called on schools to begin faculty development programs and since that time many have. However, some education experts have more recently called into question the effectiveness of these programs, as many schools have simply been having meetings or discussions about lectures and course curriculum, rather than adopting more practical measures.

The new measures are also a result of the declining birth rate. As competition to enter universities wanes, business leaders have expressed concern that the quality of graduates may suffer as a result. Any measures to improve the quality of the educational experience would therefore be welcomed. Read the full article at the Mainichi Daily News
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