South Korea to open schools online and reschedule college exam

Asia Pacific Mar 31, 2020

South Korea to open schools online and reschedule college exam

South Korea said on Tuesday it will open school classes online next week and reschedule its annual college entrance exams slated for November as concerns persist over the coronavirus and small outbreaks continue to emerge. The country has postponed the beginning of all schools' new ...

The way of the toddler: <em>Sōranbushi</em> and sumo

Issues | LEARNING CURVE Mar 23, 2020

The way of the toddler: Sōranbushi and sumo

by William Lang

April is approaching and with it comes the start of the new school year. Ordinarily, this would be a time for ceremonies replete with tears and smartphone-captured sentimentality. In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, however, even such small-scale public gatherings are less visible. One ...

National Mar 22, 2020

Impact of Japan's school shutdowns has 70% of parents concerned

About 70 percent of parents are worried about the impact the nationwide school shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak is having on their children, a survey by a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization showed recently. Respondents cited children's mental stress from changes to their daily routine as ...

Japan-wide academic achievement test canceled as coronavirus spreads

National Mar 17, 2020

Japan-wide academic achievement test canceled as coronavirus spreads

Education minister Koichi Hagiuda said Tuesday the nationwide academic achievement test that was set for April 16 will not be held, following mass school closures in response to the new coronavirus epidemic. Hagiuda suggested at a news conference that the education ministry will consider whether ...

School graduation ceremonies scaled down in Japan amid virus spread

National Mar 17, 2020

School graduation ceremonies scaled down in Japan amid virus spread

A number of schools in Japan held graduation ceremonies Tuesday amid the new coronavirus outbreak by limiting the number of participants and shortening the proceedings to prevent the spread of the pneumonia-causing virus. As Japan entered the last month of the academic year, schools turned ...