Here’s a quote from the Reuters article linked below:
“The country’s average score on the TOEFL iBT, a computer-based test of English as a foreign language, in 2010 ranked 27th among 30 Asian countries, below Mongolia and Turkmenistan.”
OUCH! That’s hideous! Many members of the Ministry of Education should resign in shame.
The real question is, since Japan is ranked below TURKMENISTAN in English ability and the Japanese economy is in great peril, will we see the Ministry of Education finally begin to make more radical and positive changes where it really counts, in K-12 education?