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May 18, 2010

Ministry of Education planning drastic changes to improve the quality of teachers

daily_shimen.jpg The Ministry of Education is planning drastic changes to the system for obtaining a teaching licence. The plan is to lenthen the training period for aspiring teachers to six years and include more teaching practice.

The Yomiuri Shimbun reports: 'Many newly employed teachers start working at schools without sufficient practical teaching skills and some cannot cope with different school problems, which have grown more and more complex. The Democratic Party of Japan blames the current licensing system for these problems. It also criticizes the training system for not providing sufficient teaching practice at schools and for the increase in the number of candidates who decide not to become teachers after undergoing the training at schools, which usually lasts two to four weeks.'

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