There are fears it could get even tougher to recruit teachers after a drop in the number of trainees on courses in England and Wales. The latest figures show a 6.9% drop in acceptances on to teacher training courses for this year. Head teachers' leaders said the drop in recruits would deepen the teacher recruitment crisis. The Department for Education said there were more teachers than ever before in England's schools. It said it was investing £1.3bn in recruitment over this Parliament, and had devised schemes to ensure new teachers stayed in their jobs in those areas that have a poor record of retaining teachers.
Japan will receive its first two foreign trainees in the field of nursing care as early as next month after a supervising body approved training plans for them, the group accepting the two Chinese women said Wednesday. Their planned arrival comes after a law took effect in November that includes nursing care in the list of fields in which foreign trainees can work under a government program. The Organization for Technical Intern Training approved the plans for the two trainees on May 1. There were 102 similar applications as of April 20, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said. The two women, both in their 40s and with caregiving experience in the city of Dalian, will work at welfare facilities in Miyazaki Prefecture for five years, the maximum training period allowed under the program.
A recruiter of foreign trainees was widely criticized this week for publishing a list on its website that evaluated the "potential" of interns in the nursing care industry based on nationality. The Kagawa Prefecture-based Kokusai Jigyo Kenkyu Kyodo Kumiai, roughly translated as "Cooperative Association for International Operation Research," has since removed the list from its site. The list named six different East Asian countries -- Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines -- and scored them based on eight categories such as religion, fondness for Japan, Japanese language capability and level of morality. It gave 18 out of 20 points to trainees from Myanmar in the "caregiver qualification" category, while giving the lowest 10 points to trainees from Cambodia. The organization says the score was based on whether the trainees have the mindset to offer sincere care or respect elders.