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The new school semester is right around the corner. Many young pupils dream of having less homework, and it seems that for some this dream may come true. The Ministry of Education has released draft guidelines to reduce the academic burden on school pupils.
Homework may become a thing of the past for younger school pupils.
The Ministry of Education plans to lessen the heavy workload. It’s a draft policy, which includes 10 regulations.
One of the regulations states that primary schools may no longer set any form of written homework for students in grades one to six.
Instead, schools should work with parents to organize extracurricular activities and after school assignments, including museum tours and library study.
Primary schools are not allowed to assign written homework to pupils in grades 1-6.They should arrange practical "experiential homework" such as visits to museums or library study.
Parents have given their reaction to the latest regulations.
The draft also calls on schools to reduce the number of mandatory exams, stipulating that unified tests should not be conducted from grades one to three.
In addition, schools are being required to remove the "100 point" assessment system to avoid drawing too much attention to scores.
Teachers should use comments including "excellent, good, qualified and will-be qualified". They should use encouraging words to strengthen students’ confidence.
Reducing the school workload on young children can help to broaden their interests and encourage a more-rounded development and a better adult life. It’s all part of China’s continuing efforts to improve its education system for the future needs of the country.