Tuition banned in China
Posted on 23rd August 2021 at 14:14
Recently news broke that China has banned for-profit tuition in core school subjects in an effort to reduce workload burden on children, lower living costs for families and boost the country's birth rate. This move has come as a shock to many and families in China are concerned about the impact this will have on their children's futures in, what is known to be, a highly competitive educational market.
All current tuition providers in China will need to register as non-profit organisations and no new licences will be granted, with the president Xi Jinping stating that schools, rather than tuition companies, should be responsible for children's learning. In a further effort to reduce the heavy burden many children are under with regards to their studies, China has also decided to ban extra-curricular tuition on weekends and during school holidays. It has been reported that this latest government policy has blindsided Chinese families and the tuition industry as a whole. Many fear this move will do more harm than good by adding further pressure on families to educate their children and creating a black tuition market with extortionate prices. It has also been argued that this move to banning private tuition does little to tackle the inequalities many families all over the country face in accessing good quality education, nor will this move remove or alter the competitive entrance exams which are the norm in Chinese education.
The notoriously difficult college entrance exam for example is meant to be meritocratic, however there are huge differences between the country's schools and more spaces at colleges are usually reserved for students from large cities such as Beijing which makes it even more difficult from students from the poorer countryside areas to gain entry, as they will need to score even higher in this life-changing exam. With so much resting on this entrance exam and the anxieties around it faced by families, is understandable that 92% of Chinese parents enrol their child in tuition classes. With the government's latest crackdown on tuition it will be interesting to see how the educational landscape will change and how this change will be navigated by Chinese families.
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