Monday, March 5, 2012

Meeting to demand Free Tuition for North Korean high schools held in the Diet Member Building

The new policy of free tuition for high schools started in April 2011 and seems to have had good effects such as increasing the number of students entering high school and reducing the number of dropouts. Schools for North Korean nationals in Japan, known as “Chosen Gakko,” were the only high schools excluded from the free tuition program. The government excluded North Korean high schools due to “the abduction of Japanese citizens by the North Korea” and “military conflict in the Korean Peninsula”, which are all irrelevant to the issue.
On February 14th, a meeting to demand free tuition for North Korean high schools was held in the Upper House Diet Member Building. 170 people, including 9 Diet members, attended the standing-room only meeting. The audience heard a lecture by Attorney YOSHIMINE on the Convention on the Rights of Child and speeches from representatives from North Korean high schools. A message of support from South Korea was introduced at the meeting.


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