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Welcome to the Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education


What is the Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education?

1 Board of education system

A board of education is a representative council established in prefectures or municipalities to oversee matters related to education in accordance with the Act on the Organization and Operation of Local Educational Administration.
The Japanese board of education system is based on the principle of lay control, which means that basic policy is discussed and determined from a broader perspective by a board consisting of part-time lay members and that the secretariat is administered and supervised by a superintendent, who is an educational administration expert.

  • A board of education has five members (there may be six members for prefectures under a prefectural ordinance).
  • Each board member is appointed by the governor or mayor, subject to approval by the prefectural or municipal assembly, and serves four years.
  • The chairperson of the board of education, who is elected from among the members, represents the board and chairs meetings. The term is one year.
  • The superintendent of the board of education, who heads the secretariat, is appointed from among the members by the board.
  • The superintendent of the board of education, who heads the secretariat, is appointed from among the members by the board.

2 What is the Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education?

The Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education has six members and promotes education in cooperation with municipal boards of education in order to nurture Ibaraki’s children and provide residents with opportunities to enrich their lives through learning.


Message from the Superintendent

-- Aiming for an educational prefecture where individual residents shine and grow --



Fostering human resources who can work together with others to challenge and solve issues is becoming increasingly important in order to keep up with the variety of changes happening in modern society, where international competition is growing increasingly intense due to the advancement of globalization. In light of these circumstances, the national government is working steadily toward an education reform based on the Second Basic Plan for the Promotion of Education. The Ibaraki Prefectural Government will focus on these trends in the national government and Japan’s economic conditions while continuing to develop policies based on the Ibaraki Education Plan motto – ‘Aiming for an educational prefecture where everyone shines’ – in order to foster solid academic skills, rich hearts, and healthy bodies.


In order to improve academic skills, Ibaraki will continue its unique small class education approach while expanding the Learning Center Support Plan activities that have been rolled out in elementary schools to junior high schools. Furthermore, we will enhance instruction that is tailored to each individual student and strive for the sound acquisition of fundamental knowledge and skills.


To improve international education, teaching materials for elementary school-level English studies will be developed and the number of assistant language teachers (ALTs) will be increased. We will move forward with projects such as having high school students provide English guidance at sightseeing spots and strive to foster people with not only language skills but also broad knowledge and the ability to think about things on a global scale.


We will seek to improve the quality of science lessons by implementing a system with instructors specifically in charge of teaching science for upper elementary school grades and providing training for instructors, who are the core of science education. We will also increase students’ interest in and passion for science by increasing scientific experiments and workshops in natural environments.


In our efforts to foster students with rich hearts, Ibaraki was the first prefecture in Japan to introduce morality lessons to first year high school students. In order to expand these lessons to second year students, we are working on training instructors and introducing the lessons to a pilot school.


Furthermore, we will continue to cultivate the students’ love of and pride in their home by offering Ibaraki’s unique certificate in local history and culture again this year, allowing children to have fun while learning about Ibaraki.


To improve home education, we will create and distribute four home education support materials tailored to students’ developmental stages. In addition to cooperating and collaborating with municipal governments and local PTAs to use these materials in home education workshops, we will add a new booklet about discipline, and we will discuss the use of these documents not only in the home but also in schools and the community.


At the same time, we will strengthen our collaboration with businesses and strive to enhance home education by supporting activities such as home education workshops for company employees.

Furthermore, we will strive to expand the range of cultural education through support of high school students’ cultural club activities, which became more active as a result of the 38th All Japan High School Cultural Festival (Ibaraki Sobun 2014) held in July last year.


We are aiming to build a more inclusive education system and striving to strengthen the central role of prefectural schools for students with special needs. Preparations for the full opening of Hitachiota Prefectural School for Students with Special Needs are continuing steadily, and in light of the Second Basic Plan for the Promotion of Education we are strategically working toward solving issues such as the sudden increase in student numbers.


In the field of sports, we are working on creating an environment where all residents of Ibaraki can stay involved in sports throughout their lives based on the Ibaraki Sports Promotion Plan drawn up in March this year.


The National Sports Festival of Japan will be held in Ibaraki in 2019. We are working on scouting and fostering athletes, particularly at the junior level, and the preparation of prefectural sporting facilities that will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies.


This fiscal year is the final year that the current Ibaraki Education Plan will be in effect. With changes such as the switch to a new system that merges the Board of Education Chairman and Superintendent positions together to form a new Superintendent position as a result of the recent Board of Education reform, and the establishment of a general education conference, this year will be a critical turning point for the postwar education administration. As a result of the reorganization of the Prefectural Education Agency, we will strive to further develop the education administration, hold discussions from a broad perspective, and continue to work on the forming of the education plan for the next term. We would like to ask for your continued understanding and support. Thank you.


April 2015

Shun Onodera
Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education



Organization of the Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education

The Ibaraki Board of Education is made up of 9 divisions, 5 educational offices, 119 prefectural schools (95 high schools, 2 secondary schools, and 22 schools for special needs education), and 20 other educational facilities such as libraries, museums, lifetime study centers, centers for children and youth, and sport related facilities).

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Welcome to Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education

Ibaraki Education Plan

Education in Ibaraki 2011(Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education data)