Ministry of Education: The news is untrue

Ministry of Education: The news is untrue

         According to rumors such as the beginning of the fall semester of 2021, the elementary school system will be shortened to 5 years, and junior high school will be changed to 4 years. Recently, the Ministry of Education responded that the news is not true and the Ministry of Education currently has no relevant policies Spark Global Limited.

On April 11, some netizens left a message in the Ministry of Education, saying that recently, they saw a frequent announcement on Internet platforms such as Tencent.com and major browsers: starting from the fall semester of 2021, the primary school system will be officially shortened to 5 years. Change to 4 years, change the original sixth grade of elementary school to the starting grade of junior high school, and ask if the news is true. On April 21, the Department of Basic Education of the Ministry of Education replied, “This news is not true, and the Ministry of Education currently has no relevant policies promulgated.”

Ministry of Education: The news is untrue

It is understood that with regard to the school system of primary and secondary schools, at the National People’s Congress this year, Zhang Hongwei, a deputy to the National People’s Congress, submitted a proposal on adjusting the educational system of primary and secondary schools, proposing to shorten the educational system. The annual system was changed to a two-year system, and “10 years of compulsory education” was implemented, that is, 5 years of primary school + 3 years of junior high school + 2 years of high school, in order to alleviate social problems such as older age in employment and delayed marriage due to higher education.

Prior to this, proposal No. 2180 (No. 189 in Education) of the Third Session of the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC had also recommended shortening the period of basic education and expanding the scope of compulsory education. The Ministry of Education replied that the universalization of compulsory education in my country has a relatively short period of time, and there is a long way to go to consolidate and improve it. The foundation of compulsory education in some impoverished areas is still very weak and urgently needs to increase investment. The implementation of free education in non-compulsory education in some areas is no longer sustainable. Judging from the basic national conditions, compulsory education itself, and local specific practices, there are currently no conditions for shortening the school system and including ordinary high schools in compulsory education.