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Popularity of school workbooks stems from focus on exams

China Daily | Updated: 2017-05-12 07:31

THE MINISTRY of Education has banned primary and middle schools from providing students with any drill-and-review workbooks. An article published in Shenzhen-based Jingbao Daily comments:

It is not the first time the Education Ministry has banned curriculum workbooks featuring fill-in-the-blanks and define-the-term exercises in public schools in recent years. But the bans have not stopped the publishing of such workbooks from becoming a lucrative industry with an annual value of more than 50 billion yuan ($7.24 billion).

The root cause is the exam-oriented education system has remained largely unchanged, so the students and teachers favor these materials, as they are good for rote learning which helps the students prepare for their exams.

Popularity of school workbooks stems from focus on exams

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