60% of Junior High Teachers Hit Overwork Death Threshold


Tokyo, April 28 (Jiji Press)—About 60% of teachers at public junior high schools in Japan worked at least 60 hours per week in fiscal 2016, beyond the dividing line used by the state for determining death from overwork, an education ministry survey revealed Friday.

Compared with the previous survey conducted for fiscal 2006, work hours went up for all job titles at public elementary and junior high schools, including principals, reflecting longer class hours on weekdays and a doubling of club activity hours at junior high schools on weekends.

"The situation where school activities are supported by teachers' long working hours has reached its limit," an education ministry official said.

The ministry plans to seek advice from the Central Council for Education on measures to remedy the severe situation facing school teachers.

The ministry conducted the latest survey on 400 elementary schools and as many junior high schools to collect data on seven-day work hours in October-November 2016 by job title and by type of work. It received responses from 8,951 teachers at 397 elementary schools and 10,687 teachers at 399 junior high schools.

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