Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto has announced plans to reopen Osaka’s elementary schools on Saturdays. The move is purportedly part of an attempt to combat delinquency and educational failings in the city.
Starting with five schools next week, Osaka will restart Saturday classes in all of its elementary schools from fiscal 2013, Sankei Shimbun reported Saturday.
Saturday classes were cancelled around 10 years ago, but some in Japan believe the cancellation has contributed to what is perceived to be a lower standard of attainment in education today.
Hashimoto told reporters last week, “Osaka’s children are performing poorly and delinquency is high. I’d like our teachers to try their best. To support them, we plan to spare no expense.”