High School General Course Education in Japan Up for Reform

Politics

Tokyo, May 12 (Jiji Press)--The general course of high schools in Japan, which has remained untouched since the current school system was established after World War II, will undergo reform as the main part of a drastic revamping of high school education.

The general course is expected to be split into categories, such as an emphasis on math and science education or developing human resources for local communities, in line with the focus of individual schools, according to officials familiar with reform discussions.

Japanese high schools currently teach the general course, as well as special subject options that provide specialized education including on agriculture and engineering. In 1994, an integrated course was created to allow students to choose from a broad range of subjects both in general and special subject courses.

At present, about 70 pct of students are enrolled in the general course.

Hiroyuki Yoshiie, a member of a special team of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's Headquarters for the Revitalization of Education, calls for speedy reform of the current high school education system. "This is completely a Showa system," he said, referring to the 1926-1989 Showa era.

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