About the contributor:
Shun Shirai is Deputy Director General at the National Center for University Entrance Examination in Japan. He joined the Ministry of
Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2000 and has experienced a variety of roles across primary, secondary and tertiary education. In recent years, he has spent time working on the areas around curricula and competencies. Between 2015 and 2016, he was seconded to the OECD as an education analyst and engaged in curricula analysis as well as developing the competencies framework. Between 2017 and 2018, back at Japan’s ministry, he was responsible for designing and implementing the new curricula for primary and secondary schools.
Creativity is a skill which is difficult to measure, and therefore there is a tendency that people disregard it, despite its importance.