The average number of pages in high school textbooks to be used from next spring will increase by 11.9% compared to those being used now, according to the result of textbook screenings realeased by the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry.
Based on the new curriculum guidelines, which aim to depart from so-called Yutori Kyoiku (= cram-free deucation), all of the textbooks have more pages.
A total of 69 textbooks contain description of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
In terms of English, of course, new textbooks will shift emphasis from reading and translation to mastering communication skills.
And the number of pages in textbooks rose by 25.2%.
This change of textbooks may be sort of significant for students to aquire English language skills.
But I think what interrupts the most is the system of entrance exams, not exactly the kinds of textbooks...