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January 18, 2010

The government announces that class sizes will be reduced

japa_flag.jpgThe Ministry of Education has announced that the maximum class size at public elementary and junior high schools will be reduced from 2011. The maximum size is currently 40. It was reduced from 45 in 1980, but there has been no reduction since then. The new maximum number has not been specified yet.

In an OECD report last year which compared class sizes in 37 countries, Japan had the third largest average class size (28.1) for public elementary schools. The largest classes were in Korea (31) and the smallest in the Russian Federation (15.5). For public lower secondary school, Japan had the second largest classes (33) following Korea (35.8). The smallest classes at this level were also in the Russian Federation (15.5).

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