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More emphasis to be put on Chinese handwriting classes

LOCAL primary and junior high schools will increase their Chinese handwriting classes, as instructed by the city education commission, which is trying to save students from becoming "character illiterate" because of their high reliance on computers, the Shanghai Education Commission said yesterday.

A mandatory rule set by the commission will take effect in September, under which all primary and middle schools in Shanghai will begin handwriting classes or increase their handwriting class hours, said the Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference yesterday.

Several committee members have urged the government to reinforce students' handwriting practice in class. The handwriting ability of Shanghai's students is weakening and many have difficulty differentiating between similarly structured Chinese characters, the members warned in the proposal.

As more and more students tend to do their homework on a computer, they are losing the ability to write characters by hand, said Cao Kefan, Dai Xiaojing and Zhang Guo'en, members of the top advisory body, in their joint proposal. Several other members have submitted similar proposals to the government.

The members warned the situation is especially harmful for younger pupils who are at a crucial stage in acquiring their command of Chinese characters.

Committee members warned that in a recent citywide composition contest among middle school students, none of the articles was free of lexical mistakes.

Local primary and junior high schools must set up at least one handwriting practice class every two weeks starting from the new semester, the committee ordered.

The education authority said the practice is also important to develop students' aesthetic appreciation of Chinese characters.


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