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Traditional culture to play bigger role in textbooks

By Ma Chi ( Updated: 2016-05-24 10:04

Traditional culture to play bigger role in textbooks

Pupils at Luocheng Mulao autonomous county in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region read on April 22, a day before the World Book Day. [Photo/IC]

More content regarding traditional culture will be included in textbooks for primary and middle school students to nurture their love for China's cultural legacy, reported Beijing Times.

The proportion of traditional culture in the updated Chinese textbooks will be raised to 30 percent for primary school students, and 40 percent for junior high school students.

According to the Ministry of Education's requirements, classics should take up no less than 15 percent in the Chinese textbooks for primary school students, 30 percent for junior high school students and 45 percent for senior high school students.

Wang Xuming, the president of Language and Culture Press, said that the new textbooks are aimed at improving students' moral standards and promoting traditional culture by including more Chinese classics.

The new textbooks will be used by 4 million Grade 1 and Grade 7 students across the country from the autumn semester.

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