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At the Fifth Session of the 13th National People’s Congress, a deputy put forward a proposal to “reduce the proportion of English teaching and points in examinations”.

On September 23, the official website of the Chinese Ministry of Education published a reply to the proposal stating that the proportion of foreign language classes in primary and secondary schools is lower than that of Chinese language and other subjects.

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Screenshot of the information on the website of the Ministry of Education

[wpdiscuz-feedback id=”nba8j62u0m” question=”Any thoughts on this?” opened=”1″]According to the proposal, learning English is necessary, but it does not have to take too much time. “The reform of English teaching methods should not be based solely on the goal of achieving high scores but on oral dialogue and life applications. Increasing the teaching of traditional Chinese cultural subjects such as piano, chess, calligraphy and painting, so that children can be exposed to Chinese culture at the critical moment of forming a world view, can enhance cultural pride and self-confidence from an early age.[/wpdiscuz-feedback]

In its reply, the Ministry of Education said that the proportion of foreign language class hours in primary and secondary schools is lower than that of subjects such as Chinese language. Specifically, the Compulsory Education Curriculum Program (2022 Edition) stipulates that the proportion of class hours in each subject is: 20%-22% in Chinese, 13%-15% in mathematics, 10%-11% in Physical Education and Health, and 6%-8% in foreign languages. Foreign language classes are significantly lower than those in Chinese, mathematics, physical education, arts and other subjects.

The Ministry said in recent years, attention has been paid to examining the relevant content of China’s excellent traditional culture through various forms, guiding students to enhance their sense of national identity and pride, and strengthening their ideals and beliefs.


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3 thoughts on “Reduce the Proportion of English Teaching, Deputy Proposes”
  1. I absolutely agree to this proposal . It’s pointless getting students to score 100 at English Exams when they can’t even engage in a simple dialogue

  2. Let’s be direct. It’s the English teacher not the learning. No critical or logical thinking just memorization. Most students want to study abroad but lack cultural integration. All they all they are taught is China is the best country in the world to hell with the rest of the world. Sadly I worked at number 1 high school (American) scores are changed if parents are willing to pull out cash form their pockets.

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