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