BEIJING — China’s Ministry of Education (MOE) on Thursday issued a draft regulation aimed at reducing the academic burden on the nation’s students, which included a suggested ban on written homework and exams.
The MOE suggested primary schools replace written homework with organized field trips to libraries, museums and cultural facilities after classes, and cultivate the pupils’ hand-on capabilities through farm work or handicrafts.
The draft recommends a ban on examinations for first, second and third grade students. Beginning with the fourth grade, only two exams per semester would be permitted – covering the subjects of Chinese, foreign languages or mathematics.
Teachers would not be allowed to sell or recommend course material to students.
The draft also includes a provision to end enrollment exams for junior high school students and a ban on the practice of grouping students based on exam scores.
According to a spokeswoman for the MOE, Xu Mei, primary students in some areas are still being forced to work too hard, despite the MOE’s efforts to limit the workload.
The draft regulation is published in an effort to solicit public opinion up until August 29. Image/Google Images