2016: Students at a primary school in Shanghai do their homework. /AP Photo
However, not everyone is pleased with the move.
“There are so many things wrong with math education in this country that a times table test is really just picking at a sore,” said Mike Cameron on Twitter.
“British students will hate Chinese,” joked Weibo user Bujiubujiu.
“I believe it is a pressure on them,” said another Weibo user Feixufeixu.
The UK has been trying to replicate the success of math education in China by encouraging teachers to use a series of textbooks called “Real Shanghai Mathematics,” which have been translated directly from Chinese into English.
Despite these efforts, the question of would a Chinese-style math education work in the UK, still remains to be answered.