Although an overwhelming majority of Japanese parents want their children to have a global perspective, nearly 90 percent of them are not happy with the nation's English education, according to a recent survey.
Rakuten Research's poll of 1,000 parents with underage children found that 86.6 percent are dissatisfied with English education while only 13.4 percent are satisfied with it.
In a multiple-answer question, 68.8 percent were not satisfied with classes that do not improve practical English proficiency, 66.4 percent complained about a lack of opportunities to speak English and 60.2 percent cited a gap between entrance exam-English and practical English.
Such widespread parental dissatisfaction was expressed against the backdrop of parents' desires to enable their children to have a global viewpoint. The poll, taken Nov. 5 and 6, found that 93.6 percent of parents professed to have such a desire and 83.3 percent want their children to have capabilities to compete globally.
To make their children globally competitive, 54.4 percent of parents proposed actively hiring native speakers, full-time teachers and teachers with broad global experience in a multiple-answer question, 52.8 percent advocated switching class and teaching methods from exam-English to practical English and 51.5 percent called for placing emphasis on English conversation.
Rakuten Research is a research arm of Rakuten Inc. which has made English the official language for the shopping site operator.
SOURCE: Mainichi News