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HIGH SCHOOL TO CHECK IF GIRLS CAN USE CHOPSTICKS AS PART OF ENTRANCE EXAMS. From the MAINICHI NEWS (Tokyo)  (Posted by dumbo of NYC, NY - October 26, 2006 11:52)
SASEBO, Nagasaki -- A girl's high school here will check if applicants can properly use chopsticks during its entrance examinations next year, officials said.

Officials of Sasebo Women's High School said that they wound like to see if applicants have acquired the minimum levels of eating manners by checking their use of chopsticks.

The high school plans to accept 40 first-year students in the spring of 2007 after it carries out two sets of entrance examinations. One course involves general tests of mathematics, the Japanese language and other subjects, while another course tries to accept recommended students through compositions and interviews.

Both examination courses involve whether they can use chopsticks properly.

The "chopstick inspections," which include picking up slippery beans, will influence the screening process to a certain degree, officials at the school said.

"We have never heard of such an examination," said an official with the Cabinet Office food education promotion center. (Mainichi)

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