Experts present proposals on outsourcing school sports activities

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A panel of experts convened by the government’s Sports Agency has put forward proposals on shifting responsibility for certain extracurricular activities in which Japanese junior high school students participate away from teachers.

The panel delivered its proposals to agency commissioner Murofushi Koji on Monday. They were tasked with suggesting ways in which local community members could support these activities on weekends and holidays.

The plan is primarily aimed at easing the workload of teachers supervising extracurricular activities. The transfer will take place in stages over three years starting in the next fiscal year.

Experts say various parties can support the activities, offering examples such as community sports teams, private businesses and parent associations.

Experts are calling on the government to help people get coaching licenses or get training, and advise schools to consider bringing in people from businesses and universities.

A problem that arises concerns the fees to be paid for outsourcing. The panel calls on local authorities to provide financial aid to students from struggling families. The central government is also invited to provide support.

The agency, which is part of the Ministry of Education, must establish a plan to provide the necessary funding and revise guidelines on extracurricular activities.

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