Japan's COVID-19 crisis sparks calls for revamping the school year

Japan's COVID-19 crisis sparks calls for revamping the school year

Channel NewsAsia - Asia·2020-05-20 12:42

TOKYO: Advocates of changing Japan's century-old tradition of starting the school year in April, when cherry blossoms bloom, are seizing on school closures caused by the coronavirus as a chance for reforms they say will internationalise education.

The proposed shift to a September start, in line with many Western countries, has huge implications for corporate recruitment, since most firms hire en masse after students graduate in April, when the financial year also begins.

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