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 ...

May 19, 2014

Miyagi teachers release 'to-do' list for tsunami preparation

The Miyagi Prefecture teachers’ union is urging other professionals to draw on lessons learned in the 2011 tsunami zone before disaster strikes again. The union has sent about 15,000 copies of a to-do list to teachers’ unions and other organizations across the country, encouraging ...

Future teachers get prepped for foreign pupils

| Nov 29, 2013

Future teachers get prepped for foreign pupils

A lot of teachers have a tough time teaching children of foreign nationalities due to the language barrier and cultural differences. To equip future teachers with the necessary skills to deal with this kind of situation, Aichi Prefectural University has started offering a training ...

Oct 29, 2013

Teacher ranks, budget urged slashed in '14

Members of an advisory panel to the finance minister agreed Monday to call on the government to slash the number of elementary and junior high school teachers to substantially cut state funding for compulsory education in fiscal 2014. At the day’s meeting of the ...