Education revamp will push high technology

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 March, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 March, 2000, 12:00am

VICE-PREMIER Li Lanqing says the education system will be revamped to push the development of the information-based economy.

'We have seen the beginnings of a knowledge-based economy,' Mr Li told a group of CPPCC members in a special meeting yesterday. 'The economy and high technology are also developing. It is necessary for the structure of higher education to be reformed.' Mr Li, whose portfolio includes education, said higher education would only become 'vigorous' if there were sufficient funds coupled with structural change. He urged educators to grasp the latest technology and to be at the forefront of innovation.

One thrust of reform would be the clear delineation between colleges run by the central authorities and those under regional administrations. Mr Li also addressed the issue of too much homework for primary school children.

'We must change education for the sake of exams to education to promote quality citizens,' the semi-official China News Service (CNS) quoted Mr Li as saying. The Vice-Premier also deplored the fact that moral and ideological education had been neglected.

He told CPPCC members that in one school, teachers taught mathematics in classes that should have been devoted to moral and ideological education.

CNS said Mr Li also gave his views on Internet-based education and schools run by unofficial bodies.

It is understood many CPPCC members want Beijing to boost spending on both basic and hi-tech education.