The examination of textbooks used in elementary schools has been completed from April next year. This time, the number of textbooks that made use of videos on the web increased, and there were also textbooks that dealt with sexual diversity and bullying issues.

A total of 149 textbooks were applied for this year's textbook examination, including 78 points for elementary school and 227 points for high school, and after revision based on the examination opinion of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, 1 points were passed, excluding one failure in "foreign language" and one point in "mathematics" in high school.

In elementary schools, QR codes were posted in all textbooks to make use of videos on the web.

According to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the number of QR Codes per book has also increased significantly, and they will be used in various classes, such as English pronunciation and science experiment videos.

On the other hand, regarding QR codes, there was also an opinion on the examination.

In one Japanese language textbook, only the beginning of the old story was included in the textbook and the rest was posted on the web, but there was an opinion that it was "inappropriate", so it was revised to be posted in the textbook until the end.

In addition, since the web pages that can be introduced are limited to those managed by textbook companies, the QR code that was linked to the web page of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and the National Police Agency was given an opinion and corrected.

We also heard from textbook companies that the cost of creating web pages has become a new burden.

Stand out for those dealing with sexual diversity and bullying issues

In elementary schools, the number of textbooks that added descriptions of LGBTQ and other sexual diversity increased from 2 to 10, and the number of textbooks on Japanese language and morality that included descriptions of bullying rose to 48.

On the other hand, in the field of morality, 13 opinions were given as inappropriate for learning "respect for tradition and culture, and love for country and hometown," the highest number since the morality textbook examination began six years ago.

Textbooks with opinions were modified to include descriptions such as "Japan" and "country".

Textbooks that pass the certification will be adopted by local boards of education this summer and will be used at elementary schools nationwide from April next year.