Nov 20, 2014

Chiba education board disciplines four teachers

Chiba Prefecture’s board of education has dismissed two prefectural public school teachers for indecent behavior involving juveniles, while taking disciplinary action against two other teachers. One of the dismissed teachers was arrested for violating a prefectural juvenile protection ordinance, while the other, a local ...

Sep 9, 2014

Mie teacher punished for taping boy's mouth shut

Maintaining calm in a classroom may be a tough challenge for many elementary school teachers, but one in Mie Prefecture resorted to the ultimate step to ensure silence — taping a student’s mouth to shut him up. The Mie Prefectural Board of Education on ...

Aug 15, 2014

Teacher in Shizuoka reportedly urged student to commit suicide

A teacher at an elementary school in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, is facing discipline for abusive treatment of one of his pupils that allegedly included urging him to commit suicide. The 41-year-old teacher allegedly told his second-grade student on July 17, “Do you have (a ...

Jul 16, 2014

Industry internships a hit with teachers

by Masaaki Kameda

A record number of school teachers will participate in a summer internship program offered by businesses, highlighting educators’ growing interest in gaining experience outside the classroom, according to figures released on Tuesday. The number of teachers from elementary, junior high and senior high schools ...

Jun 26, 2014

Japanese teachers work longest hours among OECD members

Japanese teachers work an average of 53.9 hours per week, the highest figure among the OECD’s 34 member countries. The figure for Japan was well above the average of 38.3 hours among OECD members, according to the Teaching and Learning International Survey, which Japan ...