An amendment to a education ministerial ordinance will make it easier for local governments to open schools on Saturdays.
Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura has revealed plans to allow local governments to choose whether or not they open public schools on Saturdays, TBS reported this week. "It is necessary to work with local governments and help them take full advantage of Saturdays for education," Shimomura told reporters.
The current law bans schooling on Saturdays except in special cases, as a result of which a number of schools are already taking advantage of the loophole and teaching on weekends, the ministry said.
In order to promote competition and avoid complaints arising from the vague nature of the term "special cases," all areas will be permitted to open public schools on Saturdays from fiscal 2014, the ministry says.© Japan Today