' Multimedia Review
Preparatory schools providing education via satellite to remote
areas Kensuke Yaegashi
addition to regular school there are preparatory schools. The function of
such schools are to teach supplementary information required to pass the
college entrance exam. These preparatory schools are not required by the
Ministry of Education. However most students attend preparatory schools so
can be accepted to good universities. In Japan, where you attend is much
more important than what you learned. The future for student attending
top colleges is much brighter if they are accepted to the top schools.
Characteristics of Preparatory schools providing education via
satellite to remote areas
In Japan, preparatory schools use satellites more often than ISDN for
distant-independent education. The reason behind this is the ISDN
infrastructure is still not developed as in the United States. As a
result telecommunication costs are more expensive than in the United States.
In 1995, Toshin Satellite Preparatory School began transmitting to 700
classrooms all over Japan in 1995. Each classroom has televisions and a
satellite dish to receive both visual and audio from the broadcast center.
Toshin Satellite Preparatory School is the subsidiary of Nagase
preparatory school. The parent company Nagase remains traditional with
only 20 classrooms. It does not use satellite technology.
Impact of distant-independent education on the preparatory school industry
The critical success factor for a preparatory school is the speed at which
the preparatory school adopts new technology.
The companys growth rate depends on its ability to provide
Satellite technology requires less capital and operating costs are cheaper
than traditional schools. Distant-independent education enables more
students to be taught simultaneously. Therefore, the economies of scale
work and the average cost per student is reduced. Unlike the traditional
way, where there is a teacher in each classroom, distant-independent
requires only one teacher.
The most popular preparatory schools such as Yoyogi Seminar, Kawai-juku and
Sundai all started to use distant-independent education system which have
made them all stronger.
Before distance-independent education, top preparatory schools were
the cities. The result was a lower level of teaching in remote areas
compared to cities such as Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. With popular
schools providing their services nationwide, this differential will
Kensuke Yaegashi --- Exchange Student from Japan
last updated Nov. 26th