1. Su Hua: More exams to secondary vocational schools 建议增加职教高考
If we use the National College Entrance Exam as the sole criterion to evaluate every student, it will inevitably end up being an unequal foot race. If we want everyone to have a fair chance to shine, we have to let them choose to run or to swim based on their own strengths. We could establish another college entrance examination where students' technical skills make up 70 percent of their score … so students from both high schools and secondary vocational schools can choose whatever exam they want to take (in order to get into college).
Su Hua, chairman of the Sichuan Modern Education Group and a member of the CPPCC National Committee
2. Yuan Jianghua: Set up after-school programs 建议小学设托管场所
Parents have to travel four times a day to ferry their children to and from school, and when school lets out parents are still at work. Parents have to deal with the time conflicts to get their younger children to and from primary schools. This is … a very common issue that concerns people's livelihoods. I hope efforts can be made to arrange the working hours of parents and the school hours as a whole. In addition, after-school programs can be set up inside the school, and budgets are set aside for such programs.
Yuan Jianghua, an official with the Hebi Finance Bureau in Henan province and an NPC deputy
3. Zhu Yongxin: Celebrate our own National Reading Day 建议设立国家读书日
Many countries, such as France, Japan and the US, celebrate both their own reading festivals and the World Reading Day, and that China should follow the trend, especially when its population reads far less than other countries. Reading plays a critical role in shaping of national literacy and improving people's cultivation.
Zhu Yongxin, deputy secretary general of the CPPCC
4. Dong Hengyu: schools start classes after 7:30 am 建议推迟中学生早上到校时间
The majority of Chinese middle school students are suffering from lack of sleep every day, and this could hurt their health. To get their homework done, many students cannot go to bed until 11 pm or even later. And they have to get up around 5:30 am to ensure they get to school before 7 am. Under pressure from their parents, teachers or even themselves, many students sacrifice their sleep for good performances on tests. I suggest schools start classes after 7:30 am, and nail down a deadline for when students must be dismissed.
Dong Hengyu, member of the CPPCC National Committee and member of the Standing Committee of the China Democratic League Central Committee
5. Yuan Guiren: Ensuring students' safety 要重视学生安全问题
Currently, the biggest concern and challenge for the Ministry of Education is the safety of students. We have more than 200 million students across the country and we care about every one of them. Any accident befalling one of our students breaks our hearts. Keeping them safe requires the participation of the whole of society – families, schools and the government – working together. All of us should shoulder the responsibility of ensuring students' safety so that they can grow up to be the country's future.
Yuan Guiren, minister of education
6. Su Shishu: talented people who are specialized in the repair and restoration of cultural relics needed 我国急需古物修复人才
A shortage of talented people who are specialized in the repair and restoration of cultural relics poses a challenge for the preservation of our cultural heritage. China has more than 2 million cultural relics that are in need of repair but there are only around 400 people working in the field, which has not yet established a professional title evaluation system. The human resources and social security authorities should grant professional titles to them and increase their income to prevent a brain drain.
Su Shishu, member of the CPPCC National Committee and chairman of China Calligraphers Association
7. Liu Changming: family education is vital 家庭教育决定孩子未来
As an educator with more than 40 years of experience, I believe that family is the first school for children. Parents are the first teachers for their children, and family education is vital in terms of cultivating children's minds and adaptability. I suggest parents should devote more time to family education instead of too much time and money in choosing the best schools.
Liu Changming, member of the CPPCC National Committee and president of Beijing No 4 Middle School
8. Eryuehe: levy low tax on goods consumed by the general public 建议减免中低档文化产品税收
Many books are high-priced, which presents a heavy burden for many people, such as migrant workers and college students. I suggest the country levy a high tax on luxury goods but a low tax on goods consumed by the general public. For example, badminton could be tax-free, and a high tax could be applied to golf.
Eryuehe, writer and NPC deputy
9. He Youlin: More investment in education 建议提高教育支出
Education now only accounts for 4 percent of the country's total expenditures. By comparison, the figure in some developed countries is around 10 percent. We also have a sore lack of government investment in preschool education, which should be enhanced in the future.
He Youlin, an NPC deputy and former principal of Sun Yat-sen Memorial Middle School in Guangdong province
10. Wan Jifei: "One belt, one road" talents needed 急需“一带一路”人才
There are hundreds of thousands of Chinese students studying abroad every year. However, the majority of destinations are developed countries in Europe and the United States. They know little about the history, society, culture and religious situations of the less-developed countries along the routes of the Belt and Road in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The amount of talent with a good understanding of countries along the routes needs to increase for Chinese investors to go global.
Wan Jifei, CPPCC member and former chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade