Tuesday, 18th December 2012
In General Japan News,
High school tests suggested by Japan's Education Ministry
The Japanese education system has hit the headlines once again after it was reported that achievement tests may be introduced for pupils at high school.
Japan's education ministry touted the idea last Friday (December 14th) when officials confirmed that the Central Council for Education was looking at ways to introduce the tests.
The tests will not be compulsory and only those pupils and schools who are willing to take part will do so.
University entrance examinations will remain a separate process, officials said, and the newly-proposed achievement tests will therefore not affect which college students get into.
The news follows results of the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study which revealed that Japanese students are showing improvement in these subjects.
Pupils in the fourth grade were ranked fifth out of 50 countries and territories and fourth in science and some 8,800 Japanese students in the fourth and eighth grade took part in the study.
Written by Susan Ballion