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12-Year China Basic Education to Shorten to 9 Years Proposal

Proposal to Shorten 12-Year Basic Education to 9 Years

Member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Hong Mingji, has proposed shortening the 12-year basic education system to 9 years.

He advocates for educational reform, suggesting reducing the 12-year basic education system to 9 years, comprising 5 years of primary school, 2 years of junior high school, and 2 years of high school. Children could start school at the age of 6 and graduate from high school at 15. After graduating from university at 19, students who enjoy learning can pursue further education, while those who do not can enter the workforce without conflicting with marriage, childbearing, and career development.

Additionally, Hong proposes collaborative efforts between schools and enterprises to establish universities. Textbooks should be rewritten according to societal needs, with teaching content constantly updated to keep pace with the times. This approach aims to ensure that students have a clear understanding of their future employment direction upon entering university, with theoretical learning and practical work each occupying half of the study time.

The proposal raises questions about whether accompanying educational reforms can keep pace with the shortened timeframe. If not, concerns arise about whether the reduced duration will increase academic pressure on students without reducing the amount of necessary knowledge, potentially jeopardizing their well-being.

This news was reported by Deep Hong Kong Online.

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