Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense

Originally published on Sora News by Krista Rogers

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Kyoto’s mandate seems to be one of the most burdensome on families in light of national directives for equipping students with electronic devices.

Beginning with the 2022 academic year, the Kyoto Prefectural Board of Education will require students entering public prefecturally administered high schools to purchase electronic tablets, expected to cost somewhere in the range of 60,000-70,000 yen (US$550-640), and pay for them out of pocket. Because high school is not part of compulsory education in Japan, even at public schools tuition is charged, and families have begun to voice their frustration at the added financial burden.

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