The ratio of public universities that used interviews as part of the screening process for aspiring teachers who entered this spring rose to half. Universities are hoping to improve how they gauge the suitability of future teachers amidst repeated trouble with mental health, and cases of child molestation and other indecent acts, reports The Mainichi.
According to major preparatory school Kawaijuku Educational Institution, of the 44 national universities with an undergraduate or graduate programme in teacher training, 17, or 39%, used interviews to screen candidates entering in the 2014 academic year. However, that number rose to 22 universities with the addition of the five national universities of Iwate, Ibaraki, Yamaguchi, Kumamoto, and Oita for the 2017 academic year. A representative of Kawaijuku said: "The number has been increasing little by little for several years, and this trend will probably continue."
Up until last year, the faculty of education at Chiba University screened department candidates exclusively based on the results of a written test – apart from students enrolling in certain programmes like junior high school arts. But starting this spring, all applicants, capped at a maximum of 405 people, took part in a 15-minute group interview and discussion session with four other applicants.
Full report on the Mainichi site
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