Souzou Gakuen University in Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture, has lost its certification as an official institution of higher education because it did not submit the necessary forms before the previous certification expired at the end of June, officials said Sunday.
The university got a lot of publicity last November when singer-actress Noriko Sakai, who received a suspended sentence last week on charges of drug use and possession, enrolled to take classes.
All universities and technical schools are required once every seven years to receive certification by submitting forms that report the contents of their curriculum and research, as well as financial affairs. A ratings organization authorized by the Ministry of Education then evaluates the school and provides guidance if it is deemed not up to standards.
According to Souzou Gakuen, it could not get together the 4.25 million yen required to submit the forms in time for the deadline, but added it hopes to do so soon. The Ministry of Education has indicated that it may ask for the school to go through reforms after assembling all the necessary information.© News reports