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December 14, 2009

Report recommends that high school education should be compulsory

sijapan03.png Yasushi Aoto, a former high school teacher, has written a report based on research at 150 high schools in Saitama. His research shows increasing dropout rates among students from poorer families. It also shows that students from lower-ranked high schools were not even able to eat enough - 40% did not have breakfast and 20% had no dinner.

Aoto said: "Up to around 1990, even high school dropouts could be employed, particularly in the manufacturing sector. However, it is almost impossible for them to find jobs in a deteriorating economy". he went on to say that it is very hard for students who drop out to escape from the poverty trap: "It has become extremely difficult for high school dropouts to lead decent lives in the midst of the economic slump, and they are inevitably involved in a 'chain of poverty' running from their parents to their own children."

According to the Japan Times: 'Based on the research and interviews with around 100 dropouts, Aoto has proposed that high school programs be included in compulsory education to terminate high school dropouts systematically.'

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