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China adopts new law on family education promotion

Students learn to make handicrafts at a daycare center in Xuhui district, east China's Shanghai, July 5, 2021. (LIU YANG / XINHUA)

BEIJING – Chinese lawmakers voted to adopt a new law on family education promotion as the National People's Congress Standing Committee wrapped a a session on Saturday. 

President Xi Jinping signed presidential orders to promulgate multiple laws adopted at the session, which also included a law on land borders and an amendment to the Audit Law.

President Xi Jinping signed presidential orders to promulgate multiple laws adopted at the session, which also included a law on land borders and an amendment to the Audit Law

The family education promotion law stipulates that parents or other guardians of minors shall be responsible for family education, while the state, schools and society provide guidance, support and services for family education.

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In response to the country's drive to ease academic workload of young students, the law requires local governments at or above the county level to take steps to reduce the burden of excessive homework and off-campus tutoring in compulsory education.

The law bans parents from placing an excessive academic burden on their children, stating the guardians of minors should appropriately organize childrens' time for study, rest, recreation and physical exercise.

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Parents are also required to play their part in preventing their children from becoming addicted to the internet. 

Li Zhanshu, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, presided over the closing meeting of the 31st session of the 13th NPC Standing Committee, which ran from Tuesday to Saturday.