TALKING POINTS | Education 16/01/19

In today’s talking point, China aims to improve better primary, secondary education for all-round student development, China’s education ministry set strict criteria for apps used on campus, report on the country’s rural education recently released shows that China makes headway in building ranks of rural teachers, and Labor is to introduce minimum ATAR scores for teaching degrees if universities don’t lift admission standards. 


China Aims to Improve Better Primary, Secondary Education for all-round Student Development.

The ministry of education and other eight agencies mutually issued a circular shows that schools must offer curriculums in corresponding with the national syllabus. The enhancement of courses’ difficulty levels and speed at random and in disregard of the curriculum is not allowed, according to the circular.

The middle school entrance examination will be banned based on the circular. Also, it is prohibited to set up the ‘key class’ that only consists of high academic performance students in both primary and middle schools. In the meanwhile, the circular also said daily homework load should be decreased for all the primary and secondary students.


Source: Xinhua


China’s Education Ministry Set Strict Criteria for Apps Used on Campus

The Ministry of education has requested all schools at different levels to set up daily supervision to make sure that all the apps meet the standards set by the ministry. Some apps contains violence, commercial advertisements and pornography may have bad effect on the students’ physical and psychological health and education. Apps must be filed for record and approved by education authorities.

Regular checks of changes and updates of apps are also essential in order to deal with the harmful information. Information used in the apps should be protected and privacy leaks should be prevented.


Source: China Daily


Report on the Country’s Rural Education Recently Released Shows that China Makes Headway in Building Ranks of Rural Teachers

The report is issued by the research institute on rural education at the Northeast Normal University based on local statistics from 19 provinces and national statistical data. The figures in the report show the gap between urban and rural areas has become narrow. According to the report, subsidies specifically for rural teachers covered all of China’s poverty-stricken areas for the first time ever in 2017. The report also featured a survey that showed that 83.46 percent of rural teachers were willing to continue to teach at rural schools.


Source: China Daily


Labor is to Introduce Minimum ATAR Scores for Teaching Degrees if Universities don’t Lift Admission Standards

With concern of accepting poor student, deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek wants Australian universities to take students from top 30 per cent of high schools graduates into teaching course. She mentioned teaching should be “as attractive as a profession as medicine” and asked universities to increase the entry standards for teaching degree. If universities do not toughen their admission standards, a Labor government would move to make ATAR caps mandatory.

In 2016 nearly 40% of teaching undergraduates scored bellowed 70, compared with 25% across all university degrees. Plibersek emphasised “ We want young Australians with a track record of achievement, motivation and capability to teach the next generation and we are prepared for a battle with universities on this issue”.


Source: The Guardian