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ID card opening doors to after-class learning

Local students can from next month use electronic student ID cards for free or reduced admission to nearly 60 science and history museums, sports venues and cultural spots.

This initiative, which includes activities devised by the venues, will help enrich students’ after-school activities, Shanghai educational authorities said yesterday.

Authorities are aiming to establish a more comprehensive evaluation system of students and move away from a reliance on exam scores.

For the new spring semester, about 1.4 million students from local primary, middle and high schools will have new electronic student identity cards which record attendance and learning experiences away from class.

Places such as the Shanghai Civil Defense Museum, the Shanghai Earthquake Science Museum and the Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum are included in the scheme.

Schools can organize group visits or allow students to arrange trips according to their own interests.

Students’ visits and their performance in tasks at venues will be recorded on the ID cards for overall evaluation.

“The electronic student ID card provides a technological approach to recording students’ learning experiences after school, enabling schools to evaluate students on aspects other than scores,” said Yin Houqing, an official of the Shanghai Education Commission.

“This measure is of great importance as a reform of the traditional test-oriented education,” Yin added.

By next year, more than 200 social venues will be included on the list for the scheme, said officials.



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