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| The number of elementary schools in Japan is about 22,000 at present, and 99% are public (municipal-run, town-run and village-run) schools. The present number of students in Japan is about 7,240,000, and the number of teachers is about 410,000. Since primary education is compulsory and the enrollment rate is almost 100%. However, the scale of enrollment has been changing due to declining birth rates. The present number of schools is about 88.6% of that of the peak year (1955) while the current number of students is about 57.5% of the peak year (1960). The number of teachers has increased by 14% compared with FY1960.
The proportion of women to the number of teachers has increased consistently to the present level of 62.8%.