Japan Limits Size of Elementary School Classes
The Japan Government has restricted the maximum intake in elementary school classes from 40 to 35 to be implemented from fiscal 2025. A Bill was passed in Parliament to this effect and it aims to reduce the class size for the second grade in fiscal 2021, which begins in April, and for a higher grade in each of the following years. It will be the first time in four decades that Japan has decided to downsize the public elementary school classes for entire grades. Education Minister Koichi Haguida said that the new regulation is intended to develop the potential of students and the downsized classes will function collaboratively with the utilization of information and communications technology (ICT) in education. The Education Ministry had called for reducing the class size for public elementary and junior high schools to 30, in order to strengthen countermeasures against the novel coronavirus and promote education utilizing personal computers.