LDP Members Call for Delaying Univ. Admission English Test Reform

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)--Some members of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party are calling on the government to postpone a plan to allow the use of private-sector English proficiency tests as part of standardized university entrance examinations starting in fiscal 2020.

The move comes as worries persist over inequalities in opportunities arising from students' economic situations and geographic locations.

"We can't push for it amid so much opposition," a veteran LDP lawmaker with interests in the education industry said Wednesday.

"It's better to delay it," a senior party official said, suggesting that the policy should be reconsidered after postponing its implementation. "The policy is imperfect and can produce more issues if we proceed with it."

The government is wary of public sentiment over the policy after education minister Koichi Hagiuda said recently that students taking university entrance examinations should make efforts "according to their standing," seemingly condoning education inequality.

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