86 percent of schools in Japan remain closed
NHK -- May 15
A survey by Japan's education ministry shows that 86 percent of kindergartens and schools have remained closed during the state of emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The survey also showed that 87 percent of national and public schools and 76 percent of private schools remained closed as of Monday.

Asked about the number of days that students were instructed to assemble at school despite the closures, the survey says 27 percent did so once a week, and 21 percent have two or more days per week.

It adds that 19 percent of schools are considering introducing such a measure, while 33 percent do not set such days.

The survey also shows 80 percent of schools plan to end closures between May 25 and 31, while 16 percent plan to do so by May 24. Three percent say they have not decided yet.

全国連合小学校長会は9月入学の導入に向けた検討について、新型コロナウイルスに一定の収束がみられた後、十分に時間をかけて行ってほしいとする意見書を発表しました。  全国連合小学校長会は14日、9月入学・始業の導入に関する意見書を発表しました。意見書では議論そのものに異論を唱えるものではないとしたうえで、新型コロナウイルスの影響で全国の小学校では休校や学校再開などの対応に追われていて、この状況で導入されると学校は大きな混乱を来すと指摘しています。また、9月入学によって義務教育の開始が最も遅い児童で7歳5カ月となり、世界でも異例の高年齢となることにも触れて「グローバルスタンダードと逆行するのではないか」とも指摘しています。
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