Provinces in China are prohibiting the establishment and expansion of private primary and secondary schools in an attempt to create a fairer education system, Sixth Tone has reported.

Authorities in Hunan and Jiangsu provinces are capping the number of students attending private schools to below 5% in the next few years.

Just over a week earlier, Sichuan province announced it will prohibit new private primary and secondary schools, with existing institutions forbidden to expand operations.

The Chinese government wishes to steer more children into public education, which provides nine years of free compulsory education from the age of six.

Xiong Bingqi, deputy director of the education think tank 21st Century Education Research Institute, said: “Private schools are not going away. Rather, the number of private institutions is being controlled. If the quality of public education continues to improve, there will be a drop in the demand for private education.”

Date published: 26 July 2021

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