Daily Archives: December 13, 2013

Removing English from Gaokao shows cultural confidence

According to The Beijing News, the Ministry of Education said on its official website that parts of the reform and enrollment plan for gaokao, the national college entrance examination, have been made. The overall plan and the reform plan for gaokao will be introduced in the first half of next year. Most interestingly, English will not be a gaokao subject in the future. Instead, students can take English tests more than once each year. “Whether considering the world trend or personal development, the situation that foreign language is just as important as Chinese and math needs to be changed.”

Saudi schools permit students with expired visas

The ministry says this move protects children’s education rights,allowing students whose resident permits expired a few months before the beginning of the academic year to join school. According to official figures more than 5.3 million workers living in the country illegally corrected their status during the amnesty period including 1.5 million who changed their sponsors.