• Kanazawa, Ishikawa


Regarding the Nov. 24 article “Next step toward budget“: I would like to bring to your attention another aspect of the new government’s “waste-cutting” policy. I represent a group of international students who are discontented with recent measures taken by the Ministry of Education concerning requirements for awarding government scholarships to master’s degree students.

On Sept. 28, the grade-point average (GPA) requirement for receiving the scholarship was suddenly changed from 2.0 to 2.5 out of 3. A change of requirements at this stage leaves undergraduate students in their final year with no possibility of correcting their GPA. Also, most of those who intend to continue with a master’s program had already made academic plans and had taken master’s exams by the time of the announcement. Put simply, the ministry changed the rules in the middle of the game, upsetting a lot of plans.

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