Japan's education ministry has called on 253 universities and colleges to improve their academic standards.
The ministry released the results of its fiscal 2014 survey of 502 tertiary institutions on Sunday. It found the enrolment and study programs for new departments at 253 of these universities and colleges did not match the plans they had submitted.
31 institutions are being urged to correct the problems, which include some legal violations.
The ministry recommended that Osaka-based Taisei Gakuin University change its credit system. Students can earn credits for some subjects by obtaining outside certification instead of attending classes.
Officials also advised a department in the graduate school of Tokyo-based Hosei University to improve its research and teaching. The department has 4 times the permitted number of students for fiscal 2014.
The principal of a middle school apologized on Sunday for failing to take action over the bullying of a female student over the Fukushima nuclear disaster for almost six months until her parents raised the issue. (tokyoreporter.com)
The National Center for University Entrance Examinations on Saturday begin two days of tests across the nation. The center said that 575,966 students-12,198 more than last year-are sitting for the exams at 691 test centers nationwide. (Japan Today)
China will bring forward the start date of the country's war with Japan by six years in education textbooks, a move that is expected to "strengthen patriotic education," state media reported. (Japan Times)
A middle school teacher in the town of Soeda caused three male students to pass out by grabbing them by their shirts as punishment for harassing a female student, TV Asahi reported on Monday. (tokyoreporter.com)