Plan to remove English test from Chinese high schoolers’ “gaokao” college entrance exam draws concern [People’s Daily]

China Daily

May 19, 2014

A proposal to remove the English-language test from the gaokao, the national college entrance exam, has triggered heated debate among parents and experts.

The move is aimed at easing students’ burden while promoting practical language-learning methods. Gaokao to tilt to traditional culture testing

To improve exam-oriented education, the Ministry of Education released a reform proposal for the gaokao in 2013. This included the plan to exclude English as a mandatory subject in the exam, with students urged to take a third-party English assessment for university admissions…

Excerpted; full article link: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/8630148.html

Original article title in People’s Daily: ‘Plan to ditch English test draws concern’

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