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November 27, 2006

Teachers Average a 55 Hour Work Week

A recent poll by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has revealed that the average public school teacher in Japan works about 10 hours and 58 minutes per week on average. The MEXT poll, covering 50,000 teachers across Japan, revealed that middle school teachers had a longer day (11 hours and 16 minutes) than their counterparts at primary schools, who logged only 10 hours and 37 minutes per day on average.

One particularly interesting part of the poll was the amount of overtime done by teachers. For those teaching at middle school, a full 2 hours and 26 minutes of their working day mentioned above was overtime, while an additional 26 minutes were logged at home, grading exams or completing other such tasks. For primary school teachers, only 1 hour and 47 minutes of their aforementioned work day was overtime, while they spent almost an extra hour per day (53 minutes) completing work-related tasks at home.

Read the full article at the Daily Yomiuri Online
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