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China bans exams for six-year-old school children
China’s fertility rate plunged to a record low since 1961 to 1.3, and added only 12 million newborn babies in 2020, down 15 % from the previous year. Besides the fact that people in their 20s and 30s are the one-child-policy generation, rising housing prices and education expenses are to blame for the declining birth rate. Also, as many women now hold university degrees and are developing their careers, they either deter or give up marriage to avoid interrupting their careers. Now China’s ministry of education announced a ban on written exams in the early stage of primary school to protect the students’ physical and mental health. Another rule limits the number of tests and exams per term, banning weekly tests, unit exams, monthly exams, and regional or inter-school exams.
Will limiting exams help children develop healthier attitudes about their own worth? Along with the recently announced online gaming restriction (Vol.3434), children, and their parents, now need to find how to spend their after-school hours.
Enjoy reading the learn about China’s another move to improve children’s welfare.