According to various reports, China is banning most of the for-profit tutoring that has developed around its public education system in an attempt to reduce inequality and reduce the main source of stress for children and their parents. Let them have more children and reverse the trend of declining birth rate. On June 5, 2021,
Zhengzhou Fourth Middle School students took a group photo in front of their desks,
Zhengzhou No. China prohibits for-profit tutoring in core school subjects including mathematics, science and history, as well as tutoring on weekends and holidays, and all online tutoring for children under 6 years of age.
As the vast majority of students receive tutoring outside of school (at least 75% in 2016, the latest data from the China Education Association), China is increasing its public online tutoring and making it free as an alternative to tutoring companies, they may be forced to downsize Or close.
According to Reuters, the Central Government Cabinet provided guidance to local governments in a July 19 document. The state-run news agency Xinhua
confirmed the new guidelines in an article on Saturday. According to the Financial Times,
companies that tutor students must be registered as non-profit organizations and cannot raise funds or accept investment from foreign companies.
foreign teachers and study abroad programs will also be banned.
Key background
It is reported that increasing China’s birth rate is one of President Xi Jinping’s top priorities, but ending the one-child policy, increasing maternity leave, and issuing announcements to attract young people to give birth has not worked: in 2020, China will have 12 million newborns This is the lowest total since 11.8 million babies were born during the 1961 famine. China’s fertility rate in 2020 is about 1.3 children per woman, which is lower than the 1.6 in the United States, and also lower than the world average of 2.4 children per woman, and lower than the 2.1 required to prevent population decline over time Ratio (not counting immigration). In May, Xi Jinping increased the number of children allowed by the law to three. According to the “Wall Street Journal” report, Xi Jinping hopes to reduce the role of out-of-school tutoring. Parents in Beijing have to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars a month for this. This will make couples feel that having a child or another child is a very important thing. Affordable.
The big number is 44,444,160 billion US dollars. This is the market value that China’s three major education companies lost in just one hour after investors dumped their shares after the new policy was leaked.
Further reading
China bans for-profit school tutoring in radical reforms (Bloomberg)
China aims at education costs and seeks to reverse the declining birth rate (Wall Street Journal) Cut 444.4 billion from commercial education institutions, while Beijing proposes to ban income ( Financial Times)
China confirms the prohibition of for-profit basic tutoring Xinhua News Agency (Reuters)
China cancels the two-child policy, but few women want three children (SupChina)

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