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Calls mounting for starting new academic year in September

All national papers other than Asahi wrote that calls are growing rapidly among prefectural governors for launching the new academic year in September instead of April in view of the prolonged school closure. They have reportedly expressed concern about the possible emergence of gaps in scholastic aptitude between students from the regions where the school closure has been relatively short….Read more

  • April 29, 2020
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Japan starts talks afresh on university entrance exams

Tokyo, Jan. 15 (Jiji Press)–A new Japanese education ministry panel started talks on the country’s unified university entrance examination system Wednesday, after the government late last year suspended plans to introduce private-sector English tests and open-ended questions.   The 18-member panel, chaired by former Tokyo Institute of Technology President Yoshinao Mishima, is expected to draw conclusions by the end of….Read more

  • January 15, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 4:25 p.m.
  • English Press

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Editorial: Don’t freeze English education reform

The government last week announced it was putting off the planned introduction of private-sector English proficiency tests as part of standardized university entrance exams next April after the new system was criticized for many problems regarding access to testing locations and higher examination fees.   The current English-language component of the standardized entrance exams only assesses reading and listening comprehension. By using….Read more

  • November 8, 2019
  • , The Japan Times
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Abe vows to address English-test inequalities

Tokyo, Nov. 6 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday the government will consider measures to address inequalities in opportunities to take private-sector English tests under a new unified university entrance examination system. At a House of Representatives Budget Committee meeting, Abe said the government will develop a system that does not cause regional or economic inequalities, after it….Read more

  • November 6, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 9:46 p.m.
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Ministry says 70% of universities will use private English tests for admissions

On Oct. 25, the education ministry released on its special website the final number of universities and colleges which will use privately administered English tests, set to be introduced in standard university entrance examinations from fiscal 2020, for university admissions. According to the ministry, 629 universities and colleges, or 60% of the total, will use the new standardized university admission….Read more

  • October 26, 2019
  • , Asahi , p. 38
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Editorial: Univ. hopefuls confused as Japan gov’t presses ahead with private English exams

The National Association of Upper Secondary School Principals has formally requested the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology delay the introduction of private English exams as part of the new Common Test for University Admissions set to be introduced next academic year in Japan. Under the new system, university hopefuls will take English exams administered by six private….Read more

  • September 19, 2019
  • , The Mainichi
  • English Press

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Editorial: Japan should clarify use of private English tests for univ. entrance exam

High school teachers and others involved in the guidance of university applicants are increasingly concerned about the introduction of private English proficiency and certification tests as part of the country’s standardized university entrance exam next academic year.   As of Aug. 22, examinations administered by six organizations will be introduced as part of the entrance test organized by the National….Read more

  • August 22, 2019
  • , The Mainichi
  • English Press

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Editorial: Concerns linger over English tests for university admission system

The education ministry should swiftly respond to urgent concerns among high school students and teachers about its plan to introduce private-sector English language tests as part of a new standardized university admission exam program starting in fiscal 2020.   The National Association of Upper Secondary School Principals has urged the ministry to take steps to “dispel anxiety” about the plan….Read more

  • July 30, 2019
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 12:50 p.m.
  • English Press

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TOEIC drops out of Japan’s new university entrance exam

TOKYO — The Japanese operator of TOEIC said Tuesday it will not provide its English proficiency test as part of the country’s standardized university entrance exam system due to start next April, because the process is too complicated.   Seven other tests offered by private-sector operators are still scheduled to be part of the new system.   But the withdrawal….Read more

  • July 2, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 3:29 p.m.
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Ministry to offer AI education to all departments at national universities

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology on June 18 compiled a strategy for reforming national universities in light of such changes as the arrival of Society 5.0 (an ultra-smart society) and the decline in the population of 18-year-olds. The ministry will provide education on data science and mathematical principles to all departments, both in the humanities and….Read more

  • June 18, 2019
  • , Nikkei , p. 38
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