Good news at Kinki University

Over the last few years the Education Ministry (MEXT) has exerted pressure on universities to guarantee a minimum 15 classes in each semester, excluding examinations. This has lead to a number of problems for teachers such as being forced to work on national holidays and a lengthening of the semester with no increase in compensation.

In particular this has caused resentment amongst foreign teachers, as the this can mean they have to pay a lot more in air fare to visit their own countries. Kinki University has just informed the General Union that from next year, if teachers are scheduled to supervise an exam as well as teaching the fifteen classes required by the ministry they will now be paid an extra ¥10000 for doing so.

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