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The education ministry pushed for stricter enforcement on Friday to prevent personal communication via social media between teachers and students, following the sanctioning of some educators for sexual misconduct.

The ministry said it would send a notice, the first of its kind, to prefectural education councils on the same day, also asking teachers and students to avoid holding individual classes following reports of indecent behavior. , according to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

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The move comes after some educators have committed sexual misconduct in communicating with their victims through social media or text messages.

The notice states that boards should specify in their guidelines the existing rules prohibiting personal communication between teachers and students.

Schools should also implement their own rules if communication by personal means is necessary for extracurricular activities, while parents should be made aware of these rules, the notice says.

He adds that classroom windows should not be covered, in order to avoid confined spaces and secret meetings.

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A sample resume template, edited to include previous criminal penalties and disciplinary action, was also attached to the notice to prevent municipalities from hiring potential educators who are trying to hide past layoffs or disciplinary actions. .

A database system that allows educational institutions to search a 40-year archive of government reports can also be used.

Lawyers, psychiatrists and other experts should be consulted when investigating sexual misconduct and when making disciplinary decisions against offending teachers, the opinion said.

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In fiscal 2019, 273 public school teachers across the country were disciplined or reprimanded for sexual misconduct, the second-highest figure on record, according to the ministry.

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