Education ministry hopes to reverse decline in handwriting

13:57, May 13, 2011      

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China's Ministry of Education and State Language Work Committee are paying close attention to Chinese students' declining handwriting ability and always advocate setting up handwriting classes in Chinese primary and middle schools as well as the resumption of calligraphy during these years, said Li Yuming, director of the Administration Department of Chinese Language and Information under the Ministry of Education, on May 12.

Li also revealed that some related regulations on primary and middle school students' handwriting and ways to promote their handwriting ability are being formulated currently.

Chinese characters form the solid root of Chinese Culture. However, the keyboard has become important for writing and the use of words since we have entered the age of computer, said Li.

"We hope to inherit Chinese culture by education. Handwriting is not just related to writing, but it also contains a series of content, including fostering aesthetic interest and personal character and experiencing Chinese culture," said Li Yuming.

By Ye Xin, People's Daily Online
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