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School Year Change to Boost Kids on Waiting Lists 16-Fold

School Year Change to Boost Kids on Waiting Lists 16-Fold

   London, May 19 (Jiji Press)--Children on nursery school waiting lists are expected to increase 16-fold across Japan if the country introduces a September school enrollment system next year, a research team said Tuesday.
   The number of children on the lists would reach 265,000, up from 16,772 as of April 1, 2019, according to a report by the group led by Oxford University professor Takehiko Kariya.
   Amid extended school closures from March due to the spread of the new coronavirus, the Japanese government is considering changing the start of the country's school year to September from April. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the change would be a major option.
   The report is likely to cause a stir in discussions on the issue, which have drawn positive and negative opinions from political parties and local governments.
   The survey made estimates based on the assumption that children born between April 2, 2014, and Sept. 1, 2015, will enter elementary schools in September 2021.

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