An Education Ministry sub-committee on education reform set up by the government has recommended changing the way teachers are hired and trained.
The sub-committee handed in its report to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week. The main recommendation is for national standardized teacher-certification exams to be held, Sankei reported.
Currently, teachers receive their certificates when they graduate from university. The proposed reforms would change the certification exam system, which is currently different in almost every municipality, to a nationwide standardized exam.
School districts will be encouraged to hire individuals who not only clearly display the necessary skills, but who also perform well on the mandatory certification exam. Also, a crucial part of the new system will require the government to fully support its educators in all ways possible in order to empower them to perform at the highest levels.
The ministry believes that in order for Japan to prepare talented children for the fast-paced globalized 21st century, teachers of superior quality are absolutely necessary. As such, a revolutionary reform is needed that will change hiring, employment, and training of teachers across Japan.© Japan Today