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Japanese students’ English proficiency remains far below government targets

  • April 6, 2017
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri front-paged an announcement by the Education Ministry on Wednesday of the results of its fiscal 2016 survey of the English proficiency of students at public junior high and high schools across Japan. The survey showed that the proportion of third-year junior high school students with English skills equivalent to Grade 3 in the Eiken English proficiency test or higher dropped 0.5 percentage point from the previous year to 36.1%, well below the targeted level of 50%. The share of third-year high school students with skills equivalent to Grade Pre-2 in the Eiken test or higher rose 2.1 points to 36.4%, still short of the 50% target. The government set the goal of raising both proportions to 50% by fiscal 2017, which ends in March 2018.

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