When did April become the start of school in Japan?
It is said that children first started to go to private schools held at shrines in Edo Period. They did not exactly determine the first day of school then and pupils were admitted all year round. Around the beginning of Meiji Period, they followed the West and September became the start of school year. Later on, according to the terms of fiscal year of England, which was the center of developed countries, Japanese government determined to start its fiscal year on the first of April. Elementary schools followed this rule and began to start school year in April. In Taisho Period, all high schools and universities followed them.
Let’s see when schools start in other countries.
September…USA, Canada, England, France, Belgium, Turkey, Mongolia, Russia, China, Vietnam
April 4th the First Day of New School Year
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