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Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

25% of schools face intractable problems in dealing with parents: survey


Nearly 25 percent of schools have encountered problems in dealing with parents or guardians that teachers and staff are unable to resolve on their own, according to a recent poll.

The survey, conducted jointly in May by Jiji Press and professor Masatoshi Onoda of Osaka University's Graduate School of Human Sciences, found that 1,571, or 23.5 percent, of respondents had faced such difficulties in elementary, junior high and high schools nationwide during the past year.

Asked about problems at work, 76.2 percent of the respondents cited issues related to guiding students, such as nonattendance and bullying, followed by 71.0 percent who picked difficulties in dealing with parents or guardians.

"The survey showed that more than 1 in 5 schools face extremely difficult cases related to dealing with parents or guardians," Onoda said. "Although the findings only indicate the situation in schools that responded to the poll, they are still shocking."

An analysis of the data revealed that teachers who had faced problems with parents and guardians also tended to have trouble guiding students and teaching the school's curriculum, and were more likely to consider resigning.

Questionnaires were sent to 37,049 schools and 1,816 education boards nationwide. Of the replies received, 6,685 were considered valid.

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