11/2/2006

Roughly 84,000 Japanese seniors hoping to graduate this year likely will have to take scores of makeup classes after school or during vacation breaks, following the Education Ministry's announcement Wednesday that 540 high schools nationwide had secretly dropped some required courses to give students more time to prepare for the high-stakes college entrance exams. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki blamed the schools involved but noted further review into the matter likely would take place.

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