Implementation of regulations on overseas study trips for primary and secondary school students

According to the Regulations on Overseas Study Trips for Primary and Middle School Students issued recently, each overseas study trip should not be arranged in more than two countries, and each country should not visit more than four cities. In terms of school, Dongguan Jiarong Foreign Language School invested by Guangdong Jiarong Group has officially started construction. It is expected that the primary school and middle school will open in September next year, and the senior high school will open in 2022. On the international front, the Chinese Embassy in the UK will no longer accept Nucleic Acid Codes of passengers travelling to China through third countries… For more information, check it out.

 

Education policy

1. Implementation Rules for Overseas Study Travel for Primary and Middle School Students: No more than 2 countries at a time

According to the regulations on overseas study trips for primary and secondary school students, which were released on Oct 30, the amount of educational content and study time spent on overseas study trips generally accounts for no less than half of the total planned time spent abroad. No more than 2 countries should be arranged for each activity, and no more than 4 cities should be visited in each country.

On the same day, China Education Association for International Exchange (CEIA) issued four group standards, including the Implementation Specification for Overseas Study Travel for Primary and Middle School Students, and launched the “Certification of Education Service for Overseas Study Travel Agencies for Primary and Middle School Students” and the “Certification of Education Service for Practical Education Base (Camp) for Primary and Middle School Students”.

It stipulates that overseas study travel time should not exceed 3 weeks for primary school students and 6 weeks for middle school students. Course features can be selected or include topics such as environmental protection, technology, humanities, nature, history, literature, art, and physical education.

In addition, the Regulations on Overseas Study Travel Service Agencies for Primary and Middle School Students stipulates that overseas study travel teams should have at least one overseas study leader. The ratio of foreign research team leaders and leading teachers to students should be no less than 1:10 for primary school students, 1:15 for junior high school students and 1:20 for senior high school students.

Xie Shuangyu, a professor at Central China Normal University who helped write the standards, said the average participation rate for China’s study and travel schools is 33 percent. Shanghai had the highest, at 66 percent. At present, there are some problems in study travel, such as weak targeted course design, unprominent characteristics of study sections, and inconsistent course evaluation system, which require the introduction of unified standards. The drafting of the regulations drew on the advanced experience of Britain, Japan, the United States and other places.

Source: Chinanews.com

2. The Ministry of Education: provide more options for Hong Kong students to enter higher education, and support Hong Kong universities to carry out cooperation in running schools in the mainland

Recently, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said in its response to the proposal on supporting Hong Kong students to study in mainland cities in the Greater Bay Area that it has always attached great importance to the recruitment of students in Hong Kong. After years of practice and efforts, the channels for Hong Kong students to study in the mainland have been effectively expanded and the enrollment scale has steadily expanded.

By July 2020, a total of 380 colleges and universities on the mainland were qualified to enroll students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, and 16,200 students from Hong Kong were studying in colleges and universities on the mainland. Among them, 52 undergraduate and junior colleges in Guangdong can enroll students from Hong Kong, with nearly 8,000 students from Hong Kong.