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College enrollment rate climbs to record high: MEXT survey

  • August 5, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 37
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The percentage of students who enrolled in college this spring edged up 0.5 points on the year to a record 52.0%, according to preliminary data for a basic school survey released on August 4 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Despite the declining birthrate, the number of students who entered college rose to 618,424, marking an increase for the second straight year.


Meanwhile, the percentage of students who enrolled in junior college fell to 4.9% this fiscal year, compared to its peak of 13.2% in fiscal 1994.


The percentage of college graduates (559,673) who found jobs rose 2.1 points on the year to 74.7% and marked the sixth straight year of improvement. Of them, those who found regular employment improved 2.4 points to 71.3% of the total.


Female teachers in kindergartens, elementary schools, secondary schools, and colleges represented 51.3%. A record 25.9% of them are in management positions.


MEXT conducts a basic school survey as of May 1 every year. The preliminary data does not include figures from quake-hit Kumamoto. (Abridged)

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