Osaka Governor Hashimoto Proposes Awarding 500 Million Yen to the 50 High Schools with the Best TOEFL Results

Osaka Governor Hashimoto Proposes Awarding 500 Million Yen to the 50 High Schools with the Best TOEFL Results
Yomiuri Shimbun, 橋下知事、TOEFL優秀50校に5億円配分へ (Link Replaced), January 18, 2010

In order to promote the development of citizens who can participate in international society, Osaka Governor Tōru Hashimoto has asked the Prefectural Board of Education to distribute 500,000,000 yen ($6,250,000) from its future budgets to the 50 high schools, either public or private, with the best results on the Test of English as a Foreign Language [TOEFL] exam. The amount of the award would be scaled to the school’s relative position in the rankings, with the average gift being 10,000,000 yen ($125,000). Private schools would be included in order to make the program more competitive.

Mayor Hashimoto would like to begin the program in the 2012-13 school year, and the Board of Education has begun examining his proposal.

There are 138 public and 96 private high schools in Osaka. According to the plan, 50-100 students would be chosen from each school to take the test, and the average of their scores would determine the Top 50 schools.

The Top 50 would be grouped into high, middle, and low tiers with corresponding levels of compensation. Each school could use the gifts as they see fit.

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