For foreigners, some aspects of the Japanese education system may surprise them. It shows through 5 interesting facts in the daily life of Japanese students
- Teachers must not expel students from class
Article 26 of the Japanese Constitution states that everyone has the right to equal access to education. Therefore, if Japanese teachers are upset at an obedient student, they will often calm down and try to patiently finish the class, according to Japan Info.
- Lunch is the same and students serve themselves
An interesting fact of public schools in Japan is that all students have the same lunch. All students eat the same foods and must finish them within the allotted time.
Most public schools in Japan have no cafeterias so students have no chance to buy other foods. However, on special occasions, students may be allowed to bring food from home in accordance with the instructions of the school.
Japanese students take turns serving lunch to their classmates. The catering team will have a kitchen outfit including a white cape and hat. After the meal, everyone is responsible for cleaning up and dumping leftovers into the bin. All are supervised by teachers.
- Teachers and students eat together in class
Many countries ban students from eating in the classroom regardless of time, but Japanese students eat lunch in the classroom. Tables and chairs are arranged together so that more people can sit together. This way helps children better bond with each other.
- Students do not remain in the classroom despite the low scores
In Japan, students can fail tests but still go to class and be present at the graduation ceremony. Scores are only important for admission to high school and college.
- Students are also janitors
Japanese schools have almost no workers. Students must clean the classroom, campus, and restrooms by themselves. Every school spends a certain amount of time cleaning every day, called “souji”.
Not only the students but also the teachers and the principals clean. There are no exceptions, everyone is assigned and maintained general hygiene.