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.
I – Word Understanding
hand in – to submit or pass
standardized – regulated / uniform
II – Have Your Say
1. Who should become teachers?UK Prime Minister David Cameron said “We need to train the smartest to teach.”. But Finnish universities aim to get students with passion to teach – rather than the most academically able.
2. What do you think about the teaching profession? Teachers are some of the most influential people in the world. Yet, for the most part, teachers are undervalued and underappreciated.
According to a survey, a positive teacher-parent relationship contributes to a child’s school success.