Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Survey by the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education: “68% of junior high school teachers are on the brink of karoshi”

On November 9, 2017, the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education released a result of its survey, which says, “68% of junior high school teachers work more than 60 hours a week”. The board proposes the “Plan to promote a workstyle reform at school (provisional)” based on the result, but it totally ignores the fact that the long working hours of teachers are definitely caused by the board itself and Japan’s Education Ministry. It never admits its own fault. It is not teachers but the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education that needs to change the mind. Such long working hours were probably nonexistent before 2000 when teachers in the field decided at their meetings what to do. Their workload has dramatically increased since the board and the ministry changed the meetings to a place of orders and coercion and forced teachers to present relevant documents. The additional workload includes annual 35-hour training on the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, compulsory Saturday classes, forcible “training sessions”, various research reports, self-declaration for performance evaluation, and obligatory presentation of other documents, such as class plans. (NEZU Kimiko)
* Photo: Leaflets being delivered to Tokyo Metropolitan Government staff



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