A high court upheld a lower court's ruling Tuesday in favor of the government's decision to exclude a pro-Pyongyang school in Tokyo from a tuition waiver program that covers most of the nation's high schools.

The Tokyo High Court said the school is suspected of having ties with the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean residents in Japan, known as Chongryon, as suggested in news reports.

The education minister's decision to exclude the school from the program did not overstep the scope of his discretion, the court said.