Parents 'turn stricter eyes' on middle schools
Yomiuri -- Feb 09
With their popularity falling, a number of private middle schools have taken drastic reform measures, including shifting to more intensive studies aimed at getting into high school, to attract students.
About 220 private middle schools in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture began their entrance examinations Feb. 1 with fewer exam takers than last year.
According to a cram school chain, the number of entrance exam takers at private middle schools in the Tokyo metropolitan area has been declining since last year. This is apparently due to the nation's economic slump and because the reputation of public middle schools has improved due to the government's move away from a cram-free education policy.
On the other hand, the cram school chain said the number of exam takers has been rising at highly competitive schools, schools affiliated with universities and so-called renewal schools. Renewal schools are those that have, in order to survive, shifted their educational focus to getting students admitted to higher schools.
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