Chinese teachers to be tested every five years

September 10th, 2012 - 4:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Sep 10 (IANS) Teachers in Chinese business hub Shanghai will be the first in the country to take five consecutive exams every five years in order to keep their jobs, a media report said Monday.

The Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (SMEC) has become the first in China to stop the nationwide one-time certification system for primary and middle school teachers, the China Daily reported.

Teachers will have to re-qualify every five years until they have passed five consecutive tests, said Zhou Jingtai, director of the SMEC personnel department.

They will be tested on their professional ethics, skills and quantity of work. Those who fail the exam will not be allowed to continue teaching.

The new rule will be extended to Beijing, and Gansu and Guangxi Zhuang provinces.

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