Tokyo, Sept. 8 (Jiji Press)–A Japanese government advisory panel Tuesday sought to promote small classes for elementary, junior high and high school students during and after the coronavirus pandemic.
In an interim report, the council on education rebuilding proposed developing a teaching system for a small number of students as a way of preventing infection with the coronavirus and promoting the use of laptops and other devices.
Some members of the panel called for reducing the number of students in a class to no more than 30 at an early date, according to the interim report.
The report urged government officials to give due consideration to its proposals when compiling a state budget for fiscal 2021, which starts in April next year.
The report was drawn up by a working group of the council, which was set up by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
On Tuesday, education minister Koichi Hagiuda submitted the report to Abe and asked him to make sure that discussions on the matter continue under the next administration.
“Hopefully, the next prime minister, whoever that is, will keep the council on education rebuilding in place,” Hagiuda said at a press conference.
Abe late last month announced his resignation for health reasons, and a parliamentary vote to choose his successor is scheduled for next week.