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 ...

Almost 99% of Japan's public elementary schools shut as COVID-19 spreads

National Mar 5, 2020

Almost 99% of Japan's public elementary schools shut as COVID-19 spreads

In line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's request last week that schools nationwide close their doors following the COVID-19 virus outbreak, 98.8 percent of all municipally run elementary schools have started extraordinary breaks, education ministry data has shown. Of the 19,161 such elementary schools nationwide, ...

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 ...