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October 13, 2004

Maths Out, English In

A school in China has taken the step of replacing mathematics with English language learning for its primary 1 pupils in an attempt to improve proficiency, the Strait Times reports. The move has been met with a mixed response among parents: one said, "Other children learn maths but mine don’t. How are they going to compete in the future?" Mr. Zhang Chen, head of the school’s mathematics department, attempted to sooth fears, "This is just an experiment. The school will definitely not let the children lose out on maths." Extra time gained from dropping maths will be used to develop the children’s linguistic skills; one period a week will be spent on maths-related fun activities carried out in English. (EL Gazette)

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