China’s highest legislative body, The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, looks set to prohibit for-profit home tutoring, Verdict has reported.

The country’s new Family Education Facilitation Law states that “family education coaching services” must be non-profit.

The draft of the new law describes the task of family education as “fostering ethics and character, by cultivating and practising the core socialist values, advocating the exceptional traditional Chinese culture, and cultivating the comprehensive moral, intellectual, physical, aesthetics and labour development of the builders and successors of socialism”.

The government wants to stop the practice of for-profit tutors disguising themselves as family education coaching providers.

In July, China’s two main regulatory bodies released a joint statement effectively banning for-profit tutoring in core education. The justification was to control China’s private education industry and improve school-life balance for families.

Date published: 18 August 2021

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