Last month the Mainichi News on-line reported the following:
On the 24th it was understood from the "college student mathematics data survey" carried out by the Mathematical Society of Japan that the mathematical basic scholarship or logical thinking ability were not enough; and that 24% of college students did not understand questions that required the concept of "average" to answer, a concept learned in the six-year elementary school.
It was said that this was the first large-scale investigation of the society on college students. Regarding the "questions on average", 18% of the students from the science-and-engineering system had made mistakes, reflecting the current situation that student's academic ability was insufficient.
Professor Yoichi Miyaoka of the University of Tokyo as the chairman of the board of directors of the same society concluded that "'pressure-free-education' together with an increase in the admission based on recommendation which does not impose ability test have accelerated the decline in academic achievement."
Perhaps it is time for Japan to review their "pressure-free-education" system.