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 ...

Oct 18, 2013

Teachers logged 95.5 hours OT in October 2012

Teachers at elementary and secondary schools averaged of 95½ hours of overtime last October, up 10 hours from a decade earlier, a teachers’ union survey said Thursday. The poll by the All Japan Teachers and Staff Union, known as Zenkyo, covered teachers with regular ...

Aug 27, 2013

Safety education for prospective teachers to be boosted

The education ministry will strengthen safety education at universities with teacher-training courses in order to raise awareness of disaster response and crime prevention among students aiming to be teachers, according to sources. In its budget request for fiscal 2014, the ministry plans to include ...

Aug 10, 2013

Poll: 6,721 teachers hit pupils last year

The 2012 academic year saw 6,721 teachers at 4,152 schools nationwide use corporal punishment on 14,208 students, 20 percent of whom suffered some form of injury, an education ministry survey shows. Earlier this year, and for the first time, the ministry ordered a comprehensive ...