Japanese government plans to crack down on missing students
“We will give instructions to the school to improve and correct the situation”
There are reports that the University of Tokyo and the Graduate School of Social Welfare informed the Ministry of Education that they had expelled the students, but the university and the ministry did not know the whereabouts of the students.
“We will check the records of the courses attended by the missing foreign students and their presence,” Education Minister Masahiko Shibayama told the Japanese newspaper. The Asahi Shimbun.
âOn this basis, we will give instructions to the school to improve and correct the situation. “
In response to the number of missing students, strict penalties will be imposed on education providers who lose contact with a substantial number of its international students, the government said in a statement.
Among the measures, the ministry plans to inspect establishments with a large number of dropouts and provide instructions on how the establishment needs to improve. Those who do not will be judged “not to have a good management of the pupils” and referred to the Ministry of Justice.
A full investigation into how the University of Tokyo and the Graduate School of Social Welfare lost 700 students is underway, but additional reports indicate that the Immigration Services Agency plans to implement tighter controls for its future students.
The ISA is also considering reducing the length of student visas granted to attend university to one year, from four years and three months. This would allow better follow-up of students, as they would have to reapply each year.
Japan has made several changes to the overall policies of its international education industry, introducing an income threshold for graduates seeking employment in 2018.
The country currently hosts 299,000 international students, just short of its goal of 300,000 by 2020.