Lawmakers, political advisors from Jiangsu focus on education
National legislators and political advisors from East China's Jiangsu province are focusing on education during this year's two sessions.
Wu Weishan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee and curator of the National Art Museum of China, proposed that schools should hire professional artists and athletes to provide aesthetic and physical education to students, and public museums and art museums should become "classrooms outside school".
In addition, Wu encouraged schools to develop art and PE lessons that integrate ethnic and local characteristics.
To improve after-class services on campus, which is an important part of China's efforts to ease the academic burden on students, Ji Guifeng, a deputy to the National People's Congress who works at the teacher development center in Hailing district, Taizhou, suggested that local governments expand expenditure on such services, ensure a decent pay for teachers and increase staff headcounts for sci-tech, PE, and art teachers.
Another NPC deputy from the Nanjing Vocational University of Industry Technology Wang Hongjun suggested setting up a unified national system for vocational college entrance exams. The Ministry of Education and other related departments should speed up the introduction of guidelines for content areas and forms of the exam to boost vocational education, according to Wang.
Ge Daokai, an NPC deputy and director of the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education, called for an immediate legislation on school safety. He noted that the law should clarify the responsibilities of schools, education departments, public security authorities and other parties and can refer to regulations that have already been released by local governments in Beijing, Shandong, Guangdong and other places.