The Communist Party of China Central Committee and State Council published a new guideline for advancing education reform and improving the quality of compulsory education on Monday, responding to quite a few educational topics of concern, Chinanews.com reported.
Six major clarifications, each starting with a "No", can be regarded as boundary lines for schools, teachers and parents where compulsory education is concerned:
1) No admission to over-standard teaching, or advanced course closure for test preparation
Schools and teachers are not allowed to increase or decrease class hours, or change class difficulty or progress arbitrarily.
School teaching should strictly follow curriculum standards, starting at ground zero.
Transitional activity courses should be set in the first grade of primary school.
Special attention should be paid to the transition from kindergarten to primary school education, the guideline stressed.
It also required all localities and schools strengthen supervision of curriculum implementation.