China’s MOE announced the latest effort on Monday to alleviate burdens on students and parents.
Six and seven-year-olds who are usually in first and second grades in primary school are required not take written exams, and students in other grades can take a final exam at the end of a semester.
For junior high school students, schools can add a mid-term exam based on the teaching schedule of different subjects. “The difficulty degree of an exam should be appropriately adjusted, and it is strictly prohibited to set up questions that outpace curriculum standards and teaching schedule,” said the ministry.
In China, students used to be required to take exams from the very first year of primary school until the twelfth year when they attend a college entrance exam.
A spokeswoman also said on-campus afterschool services time can not be used to start a new lesson. Schools are not allowed to assign homework to parents and are required not to leave students’ homework for themselves and their parents to check and correct.
In addition, exam results, which are not allowed to be ranked and published, should be informed to parents and students in an appropriate way. It is also not allowed to divide classes, arrange seats, and label students based on these results.
A survey by JMDedu in June showed “if institutions were forbidden to offer classes at weekends, in summer and winter holidays, the demand for private tutors would increase”, many people said the recent regulations would push parents and teachers to go to underground tutoring market. At Monday’s press conference, the spokeswoman responded to the question that the ministry will issue specific rules.