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A government panel on education reform Monday proposed giving municipal heads the power to appoint local-level board of education administration chiefs, overhauling the current system under which the boards elect their own leaders.

The 15-member panel’s suggestion to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would give local-level government heads more say in education policies as they will be able to directly appoint or sack administrative chiefs of the boards. But if realized, the plan could stir controversy over the political neutrality of municipal heads in education.

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