Education in Japan
Schools follow a mandatory 6 year elementary and 3 year junior high program, with 3 year high schools and 4 year universities being optional. Kindergartens are optional from age 3, although daycare centers are available for children of only a few months old.
The number of schools in Japan has been steadily dropping, corresponding to a decrease in the youth population. Teacher count, however, has remained relatively stable.
Japan ranks higher than China on the Educational Index, but lower than South Korea. Its English test scores have also been dropping relative to its neighbors.
Japan does have very good math and science scores, however, and it does have some of the top universities in Asia.
For more information on Japan, please take a look at the Statistics of Japan, published by the Statistics Bureau.
Gunma ranks 10th in the National Achievement Test of 2012, which tests for Japanese and mathematics comprehension and application. It ranks slightly behind Tokyo, but ahead of its neighboring prefectures. Its score was 55.36, slightly above the national average.
Gunma ranks 35th in number of elementary schools, at just under 17 per 100,000 people, with a rank of 7 for 5.9 children per 100 people.
Gunma has the lowest educational expenses of the 47 prefectures, at 100,000 yen per household. Saitama ranks first, at 296,000 yen per household, which may be affected by the cost of private tuition.
Gunma has higher book expenses than other prefectures, but less expenditures on students and school activities as well.
Asahi elementary and junior high are considered the best public schools in Ota. Generally, schools nearer to the station have better students and higher test scores, although Kuai is sometimes an exception.
Ota also hosts Gunma’s only international school, which has a program largely in English.
Schools in Ota have greater earthquake resistance than the national average, but less technology.
Schools in Ota range from over 100 (Higashi) to just less than 1,000 (Yabuzuka) as of 2014.
Schools nearer the city center generally perform the best, with the 2nd elementary and 2nd junior high scoring highest in Tatebayashi.