The former spokesman with the Ministry of Education, Wang Xuming, has posted comments on Sina Weibo calling for English classes in elementary school children to be cancelled so the number of Chinese lessons could be increased. Students must be thrilled.
Sina Weibo users expressed varied opinions but a majority agreed that extracurricular English classes should be abolished so that the Chinese language can be “saved”.
“These years, so many people are learning English but our Chinese language proficiency is degrading quickly,” said Net user Qishanfengming,
However another net user, Sli-Panpan, described that if English classes were cancelled at primary schools, students would face more pressure when they are in junior and senior high school.
Shi Zhongying, a professor with the Faculty of Education added, “It’s necessary to learn a foreign language, like English, in our globalized world.” She also stated that during the basic education period, students now learn more about traditional Chinese culture than they had in the past.
By Sam Canpadee
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