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 ...

Open-ended questions for Japan's new university entrance exams scrapped

National Dec 17, 2019

Open-ended questions for Japan's new university entrance exams scrapped

The government Tuesday decided against adding open-ended questions for Japanese and math to the country's new standardized university entrance exams due to start January 2021. Education minister Koichi Hagiuda said issues such as the potential for errors to be made by private-sector graders, which includes ...

Outsourcing of English tests stirs up storm in education

Reference | FYI Nov 17, 2019

Outsourcing of English tests stirs up storm in education

by Eric Johnston

When speaking last month about a plan to introduce private-sector English testing for university entrance exams, education minister Koichi Hagiuda created an outcry when he said students should compete for entry "in accordance with their (financial) standing," implying they should compete financially. The comments created ...