No sign of easing burden on students

09:09, December 22, 2010      

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Beijing's primary school students have just had a very busy weekend. They've participated in various tests and contests in hopes of improving their chances of getting into a better middle school, the Beijing Youth Daily reports.

Some top middle schools have already started recruiting. They are partnering with training institutions to administer tests and invite high-scorers to interview.

Many primary school students are urged to participate in weekend and holiday training classes, especially those in higher grades.

Recently, Beijing was chosen as a demonstration area for reducing the burden on primary students. But in a press briefing, a Municipal Commission of Education spokesman failed to give any concrete countermeasures on how to do that.

As early as last April, the commission had banned training classes for helping pupils entering better middle schools. To date, however, pupils are still working hard to compete with classmates. A reduction in their burdens seems nowhere in sight, the report
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