BEIJING, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities have introduced a set of guidelines to ease the burden of excessive homework and off-campus tutoring for students undergoing compulsory education.
China's nine-year free compulsory education system covers primary school and junior middle school.
Jointly issued by the General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council, the document specifies guiding principles and targets of the initiative.
It details requirements in areas including reducing homework and improving quality of education and after-class services provided by schools.
It also pledges to adopt a strict approval and supervision system for off-campus tutoring programs featuring curriculum subjects such as math and physics.