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114 Municipalities Not Ready for Compulsory Programming Classes

114 Municipalities Not Ready for Compulsory Programming Classes

   Tokyo, Jan. 9 (Jiji Press)--Japan's education ministry said Thursday that 114 cities, towns and villages in the country were found unprepared for giving programming education, set to be introduced in April as a new compulsory subject in public elementary schools.
   Those municipalities, accounting for 6.5 pct of all municipalities in the country, were yet to position at least one trained teacher at a school, according to survey results shown by the ministry.
   The survey asked education boards in 1,764 municipalities across the country if they had made as of November last year elementary schools under their jurisdiction complete minimum preparations for teaching computer programming.
   As minimal preparations, each school is required to have at least one teacher who received practical training in programming and to conduct mock teaching sessions.
   While the 114 education boards showed their ill-preparedness, the rest of the boards, or 93.5 pct, said they had completed or were set to complete such preparations by the end of March.

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