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No More Homework And Exams For Primary School Children

No homework or Exams again as the ministry of Education bans written exams for six and seven-year-olds.

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In the verge to fade education inequalities, the Ministry of Education has taken a bold step and banned written Examinations. According to the ministry, the practice of taking exams from the first year of primary school, through to University entrance exams is causing physical and mental harm to students.

Also, as part of the effort to relieve pressure from parents and school children, China has announced a ban on written exams for six and seven-year-olds.

In a news sighted on BBC, the act of giving homework to first graders has been banned starting from this year. However, on the side of Junior high school, homework is limited to a certain number of hours and schools are expected to give homework which is in the time of 1.5hours per night.

The banned also involved the shutting down of private schools which were worth around $120bn (£87bn) before the overhaul. Foreign investors are also restricted by the new guidelines.

According to the Ministry of Education;

"Exams are a necessary part of school education.... [but] some schools have problems like excessive exams, that cause an excessive burden on students...this must be corrected."

"First and second grades of elementary school will not need to take paper-based exams. For other grades, the school can organise a final exam every semester. Mid-term exams are allowed for junior high. Localities are not allowed to organise regional or inter-school exams for all grades of primary school," the Ministry of Education (MOE) added.

"Non-graduating junior high students are also not allowed to organise weekly tests, unit exams, monthly exams etc. Examinations disguised under various names like academic research is also not allowed."

According BBC, "In July, Beijing stripped online tutoring firms operating in the country of the ability to make a profit from teaching core subjects."

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