China is banning much of the country's profit-driven tuition in an attempt to reduce inequality and lessen a key stress for children and parents.
Reported across various news agencies, China is barring tutoring for profit in core school subjects to ease financial pressures on families, and ease the burden of excessive homework and off-campus tutoring for students undergoing compulsory education. These are done in an attempt to reverse a falling birth rate.
Did You Know? China's fertility rate stood at 1.3 children per woman in 2020, less than the U.S rate of 1.6, but more than Singapore's rate of 1.1.
Weekend Classes banned - Tutoring Companies To Scale Back
Core school subjects including math, science and history, as well as tutoring on weekends and holidays, and all online tutoring of children younger than 6 will no longer be allowed and tutoring companies will have register as non-profits and won't be allowed to raise funds through listings or investments from foreign companies.
Even marketing of tutoring services will be reduced as mainstream media, new media, billboards in public places and residential areas and online platforms will not be allowed to publish or broadcast off-campus tutoring advertisements.
Free Classes To Be Available
Instead, the education authorities will be improving and providing free online learning services to meet the requirements.
The cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Zhengzhou, Changzhi, Weihai and Nantong are selected as national pilot cities to implement these guidelines.
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