The Ministry of Education in Beijing has scrapped the traditional calligraphical writing system at a school in Guangzhou after it was revealed that students were being forced to complete only one set of calls to meet government requirements.
Schools in the city of Jiangsu province in the northeast had been instructed to provide only two types of calligraphics paper: white and black.
The calligraphic system was taught by an American, who left the city to teach in India, according to a report in The Associated Press.
But in a letter to the teachers and staff, Education Minister Wang Bishan said in a statement that the curriculum change had not been made at the request of any individual school or group of schools.
Instead, the ministry has “implemented an innovative curriculum based on the calligraphs and writing styles of other cultures,” he said.
The ministry has been in the process of updating the calligraphic writing system for more than a decade, according a news release from the ministry.
The move comes amid heightened security concerns and fears of a terrorist attack.
China has a strong reputation for its stringent security measures.
In 2014, China killed three people after a Chinese businessman tried to smuggle explosives to the U.S. embassy in Beijing.