The Tokyo Metropolitan Education Commission to Abolish Gender Quota for Admission to Public Secondary Schools
September 13, 2021
TOKYO – The Tokyo Metropolitan Education Commission in Japan has announced a groundbreaking decision to end gender quotas for admission to full-time public secondary schools that offer a general curriculum. This move, set to commence from the 2024 academic year, comes as the committee aims to ensure equal representation between genders.
Criticism surrounding the fairness of different qualification requirements for male and female applicants in 2021 prompted the commission to pass this decision on Monday. In order to embrace gender equality, a gender quota for full-time secondary schools will be replaced with a new gender-neutral system, which will be gradually implemented over the coming year.
According to the revised guidelines, starting from the 2022 academic year, 10 percent of students will be admitted solely based on their academic rank. This percentage will increase to 20 percent in the subsequent academic year. While other local school boards in Japan still require the specification of an applicant’s gender on admissions forms, Tokyo has decided to remove this requirement starting in 2021.
Experts suggest that this change reflects a growing acceptance of gender diversity within Japanese society. By eliminating gender quotas and taking steps towards a more inclusive education system, Tokyo is pioneering a progressive approach that acknowledges the importance of equal opportunities for all students.
TOKYO, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) — The Tokyo Metropolitan Education Commission in Japan. Announcing the decision to abolish the gender quota for admission to full-time public secondary schools that offer a general curriculum. Starting from the 2024 academic year, with the Japanese academic year usually starting in April, the committee said. It regulates quotas which aim to guarantee equal proportions between the sexes. The decision was passed on Monday in response to criticism that the different qualification requirements for male and female applicants were unfair in 2021. A gender quota for full-time secondary schools offering a universal curriculum and the launch of a new gender-neutral system and which will be gradually implemented over the next year. Under the revised guidelines 10 per cent of students in the 2022 academic year and 20 per cent in the following academic year. is admitted solely on the basis of academic rank while other local school boards Japan has decided to remove the requirement to specify an applicant’s gender on admissions forms from 2021. Contrary to Tokyo, analysts say the change reflects society’s growing acceptance of gender diversity in Japan.
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