The increased passing rates of junior high and high school third-year students’ in their respective Eiken Grade 3 and Pre-2 level tests, as reported in “Secondary schools miss English target” in the April 17 edition, is a positive step forward. That these rates fell below the lowly governmental targets is disappointing.

Education ministry survey results showing that students at both levels failed to meet the 50 percent goal set for them is deplorable. Is it not schools’ overall failure to meet even the government’s targets set for schools?

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