Chinese education officials concerned about undue pressure put on youngsters by over-competitive ‘tiger’ parents have announced a blanket ban on certain types of training schools, Sixth Tone has reported.

Officials in the Southern China city of Yulin have banned the teaching of core school subjects to first-to-ninth-graders by certain companies.

A source at the city-level education bureau is quoted as saying: “Most training institutes offer courses with difficulty levels that surpass the education authority’s guidelines, which is not allowed.” The source also said that, in future, students’ educational needs would be met only by classes and after-class services at regular schools.

The Chinese government recently announced a new department to oversee the tutoring industry, and has also issued million-yuan fines for false advertising to 15 tutoring schools.

Date published: 14 July 2021

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