China promotes calligraphy as hand-writing gets sloppy

August 28th, 2011 - 2:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 28 (IANS) China’s primary and secondary schools have been ordered to increase calligraphy classes as widespread use of computer keyboard has made children’s handwriting “sloppy”, the government said.

A notice issued by the ministry of education said elementary school students in grades three to six will have one hour of calligraphy classes every week, and high schools should set up calligraphy as an optional course.

“Primary and secondary schools should also introduce various after-school activities on calligraphy,” the statement said.

The courses will teach students to write standard Chinese characters in a proper way, using the right gestures, it said.

Students in higher grades should also learn to appreciate the work of ancient calligraphers.

The ministry urged schools to train teachers and establish specific plans for calligraphy instruction. It also encouraged hosting various calligraphy-related activities after school such as inviting experts to give lectures.

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