To provide future teachers with the ability to effectively deal with truancy problems and bullying in schools, the Educational Personnel Training Council advised the Education Ministry on July 28 to change the national teacher training curriculum to emphasize practical training and educational philosophy and psychology.

Responding to recent criticism of junior high school teachers, the council’s report to the minister specifically called for doubling practical teaching time — the period in which teachers-in-training conduct classes — from two weeks to four. The report also suggests they take more courses on academic counseling. The council also urged that efforts be made to cultivate the individual character of each teacher-to-be by increasing the credit requirement for elective courses and by introducing unique class types, such as those promoting volunteerism.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.