Japan spent the least on education in 2010 among 30 member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that had comparable data, a report by the group showed Tuesday.
The ratio of public spending on education to gross domestic product remained almost unchanged from 2009 at 3.6 percent for Japan, which ranked last in educational spending for the fourth consecutive year.
Noting that the ratio of private funding for kindergartens and colleges has been high in Japan, the 34-member OECD encouraged Japan to increase public spending by saying educational investment is beneficial to both individuals and society.
The average ratio of such public spending to GDP among the 30 countries was 5.4 percent, with Denmark topping the list at 7.6 percent.
Hyogo coach punished
A male teacher who coached girls’ volleyball at a junior high school in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, has been slapped with a pay cut for using corporal punishment, the Hyogo prefectural board of education said.
The case came to light in January through an anonymous call to the Amagasaki municipal board of education. The teacher, whose name was not released, has been removed as a coach in addition to suffering a 10 percent pay cut for three months.
The 27-year-old teacher reportedly forced team members to run 10,000 toss drills during a five-hour period in August after students told him they wanted to quit the club.
Infuriated, the teacher also allegedly slapped the six girls in the face before ordering the toss practice, which started at around 5 p.m. and continued beyond 10 p.m., the board said Tuesday.
On another occasion, the coach punished the team for not being focused during receiving practice. He reportedly said that “the sacrifice would make the team practice more seriously” and forced one student to do a handstand for 20 minutes, ordering her to “do it until they finish” the practice.
The coach reportedly punished club members repeatedly, disappointed with the team’s match results and practice between April and December last year.