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A Letter Written by Poet Hu Lanlan to Ministry of Education: Save those Children Kidnapped by Homework and Test Scores

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Poet Hu Lanlan witnessed the life of a teenager ruined by fearful homework. More and more students committed suicide because they couldn't finish their homework or couldn't take the huge academic pressure. The Ministry of Education knew better the fact that more than 200 million middle school and primary school students are stressed out by piles of homework, and dozens of suicide cases are reported every year. For 30 years, the so-called "exam-oriented education" has caused severe negative consequences. Few clauses in the Compulsory Education Act were practically implemented. The establishment of key middle school and primary schools led to under-table operation of the school selection procedures, bringing more students to an unfair situation. All in all, the fact that governmental performances and teachers' income are linked with scores and school entrance rates is the consequence of "exam-oriented education".

Keywords: Compulsory Education Act; exam-oriented education; homework; Hu Lanlan; middle school; Ministry of Education; primary school

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