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China bans exams for six-year-olds as Beijing retools training system

BEIJING: Beijing on Monday (Aug 30) banned written exams for six- and seven-year-olds, as a part of sweeping training reforms geared toward relieving strain on pupils and oldsters in China’s hyper-competitive faculty system.

China’s exam-oriented system beforehand required college students to take exams from first grade onwards, culminating within the feared college entrance examination at age 18 referred to as the gaokao, the place a single rating can decide a baby’s life trajectory.

“Too frequent exams … which trigger college students to be overburdened and beneath large examination strain,” have been axed by the Ministry of Training, based on new tips launched on Monday.

The ministry stated the strain on pupils from a younger age “harms their psychological and bodily well being”.

The rules additionally restrict exams in different years of obligatory training to as soon as a time period, with mid-term and mock examinations allowed in junior highschool.

The measures are a part of wider authorities reforms of China’s training sector, which embody a crackdown on cram faculties – seen by dad and mom as a approach to inflate their youngsters’s instructional fortunes.

In late July, China ordered all personal tutoring companies to show non-profit, and barred tutoring companies from giving classes in core topics at weekends and holidays, successfully crippling a US$100 billion sector.

The goal is to cut back China’s training inequality, the place some middle-class dad and mom willingly fork out 100,000 yuan (US$15,400) or extra per yr on personal tutoring to get their youngsters into prime faculties.

Many additionally snag property in faculties’ catchment areas, driving up home costs.


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