Students' English skills differ greatly among Japan prefectures

posted on April 5, 2016

The English skills of students in the third and last year of public junior high and high schools in Japan vary significantly from prefecture to prefecture, an education ministry survey showed Monday.

It is the first time that the ministry has unveiled prefecture-by-prefecture data obtained from the survey.

According to the survey, 52.1 pct of junior high school third-year students in Chiba Prefecture have English proficiency equivalent to Grade 3 in the country's popular Eiken English test as of Dec. 1, 2015, topping the list of Japan's 47 prefectures.

Akita Prefecture ranked second, with 48.6 pct, followed by Tokyo, with 47.9 pct, and Ishikawa Prefecture, with 47.8 pct.

source by jiji
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