When I first came to China to live and work, English was one of the three core school subjects (along with Chinese and Maths). Some ten years ago it got demoted to be just one of the seven compulsory subjects (the same level as Science, Politics, PE and Art). It seems to be even less important these days [see Chinese Ministry of Education announcement above] comprising only 6-8% of total education time. Perhaps another indication of China focusing inwards and closing its doors to the rest of the world?
Past blog entries