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November 02, 2006

70 Hours of Extra Study Per Student

In the aftermath of a growing scandal into the curriculum of many of Japan's high schools, the government has declared that about 80,000 students from 461 schools across the country will need to receive an additional 70 hours of classroom instruction by the end of March 2007 in order to be able to graduate. The scandal, which has been receiving an overwhelming amount of media attention recently, has been caused by schools who have been found to be teaching from a curriculum that doesn't meet government standards. Many schools have been cutting World History courses in favor of English and mathematics, subjects that are emphasized more on university entrance examinations.

Apparently, 70 hours of extra study will solve the problem for more than 75% of the affected high school students. Others will need to make up 140 hours of classroom instruction in order to be eligible for graduation, a figure government officials called "physically possible" to earn within the required amount of time.

Read the full article at The Japan Times
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