Gov't proposes letting high school students graduate after 2 years
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has released further information pertaining to its plan to introduce a “fast-track graduation system” for high school students. Under the new system, exceptional high school students will be allowed to apply to university after two years of study.
The ministry claims the plan has been introduced to foster the growth of students who show the capacity to perform well internationally, TBS reported Tuesday. The new system also helps students applying to universities, including institutions overseas, avoid missing the application window, as it will allow high school graduates to obtain their graduation certificates earlier.
Education experts have pointed out that high school students in Japan were already eligible to apply to university after two years. However, under the old system the application process was complicated, few universities accepted early graduates and students who did so were recorded as high school dropouts. As a result, few students took up the option.
The ministry has also announced a two and a half year option, whereby students can enroll in the autumn if their grades meet the eligibility criteria, TBS reported.