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January 28, 2010

Parents pay three times more for private schools than government schools

yensymbol.jpegThe Ministry of Education reports that, on average, parents spend 16.63 million yen on a child's education from kindergarten to senior high school. The figure is 5.51 million yen for education at government schools. These figures include cram school fees. The gap was largest at elementary schools where, on average, parents paid 1.39 million yen for private elementary schools, but only 310,000 yen for government schools.

Breitbart reports: 'Around 42 percent of parents who have a child going to a private elementary school earn more than 12 million yen a year, and the percentage came to 32 percent for junior high school, and 17 percent for high school. The survey also showed a tendency for parents living in bigger cities to spend more on public school education than those in cities with smaller populations, as students go to cram schools and engage in other activities outside school.'

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