Osaka junior high schools have moved up in rankings after the results of national academic achievement tests were announced this week.
The Japanese and mathematics exams are held each April for final-year students at elementary and junior high schools across the country.
As in previous years, Akita, Fukui and Ishikawa prefectures ranked highest, and Okinawa and Kochi prefecture remained lowest, Fuji TV reported. However, junior high schools in Osaka moved up nearly 20 places in mathematics.
Many local governments have expressed concern that disclosing test results school by school will create a hierarchy of schools and cause excessive competition.
Prefectural governments are currently allowed to disclose results individually for schools upon agreements with municipal governments, while municipal education boards can do so on their own decision.
Osaka has obliged all schools in the city to disclose test results, mainly on their websites.© Japan Today