Two Sessions Of the Communist Party of China | A CPPCC Member Proposed to Cancel The Status of English As a Compulsory Subject

Author: Gugu Wen
Translator: Wenfu
Proofreader: Dandan

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During the two sessions of the National People’s Congress –NPC, and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference-CPPCC this year, Xu Jin, a member of the National Committee of CPPCC and a member of the Central Committee of the Jiu San Society, told the China Youth Daily that he had suggested reforming the status of English as a compulsory subject at the compulsory education stage. Xu Jin said: “At the stage of compulsory education, English and other foreign languages courses are no longer set as the main subjects equivalent to Chinese and mathematics, increasing the proportion of quality education courses; English (or other foreign languages) is no longer set as a compulsory subject for the college entrance examination; it is prohibited students at the compulsory education stage to take various unofficial foreign language tests.”

According to the documents, there was a tendency to learn English even during the Tang dynasty. At that time, a piece of exquisite porcelain or silk satin shocked the west, and the people communicated commercially with the world, and the name “Chinatown” probably derived from this.

During the Qing Dynasty, in 1842, Wei Yuan put forward the theory of using the barbarians to control the barbarians in his book “Sea Country Pictorial”, which became the core idea of the Westernization Movement in the late stage of the Qing Dynasty. At that time, the Qing Dynasty government sent a large number of young students to study English and advanced industrial technology in Western countries, hoping them strengthen the construction of the motherland after returning to China. After they went out, they not only learned foreign languages and technology but also experienced the benefits and happiness of freedom firsthand. These overseas students who have studied abroad shined at the end of the Qing Dynasty and the beginning of the Republic of China. At the same time, they returned to China to help establish higher education institutions in China.

In academic terms, the Chinese Communist Party truly recognized the status of English for the first time was in 1984, when the college entrance examination required English as the main subject. Because Deng Xiaoping determined to reform and opening after he came to power, he wanted to attract foreign investment, so he must reserve enough foreign language talents. In terms of action, theory, and public opinion, to let the westerners see and feel that the Chinese are ready and open their minds and arms. In the 1980s, when the foreign media BBC interviewed the Chinese college students on the street, people saw that they had clear eyes, spoke fluent English, and wanted to make difference.

Based on the above information, I think that learning a foreign language is a very important thing, and it is closely related to the future of a country. Also, if this policy is put into implementation, the children of the CCP’s powerful families can still learn foreign languages, which will not have any impact on them, but it will have a profound impact on the children of ordinary families. Although it is only a proposal, such a proposal is proposed, I think it is still a great retrogression of civilization.

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