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Mike Gow 高英智
+ Your AuthorsArchive @mikeygow Lecturer (Asst Prof) in Bus Mgt @EHU_Business Consumerism, Citizenship & Identity in Xi Jinping’s China. Father 父亲 Husband 丈夫 Brother 兄弟 Son 儿子 #Everton #Celtic Aug. 04, 2021 1 min read

Looks like #China’s private tutoring sector is being kneecapped then garrotted

Guangdong just released its instructions

Key takeaways (in no particular order - any translation mistakes mine) 

#China #education #tutoring #ExtraCurricular #private

First - will reiterate that this is less a move *against* private companies, and more a move *for* public education

But these private companies are collateral damage that cannot survive in their current form. They’re dead.

1. Guangdong provincial govt will not issue any new licences to private firms to provide education services, consultancy.

2. Any parents requesting refunds must be fully refunded

3. Private firms not permitted to advertise via any traditional or new media platforms, nor in schools.

Effectively no advertising. Not even branded educational materials.

4. Investigate any allegations of collusion with public schools (or this will have some very worried)

5. No online activities for pre-school children. No exceptions.

6. Strictly forbidden to “bombard” parents and students with social media, telephone or direct mktg

7. No provision of any activities during national or school holidays.

8. “Strictly investigate” and severely punish any off-campus training institutions private companies providing compulsory school syllabus and curriculum under the guise of education consulting, extracurricular classes

A really key thing to understand here: these firms are *not* licensed to provide tuition in #PRC compulsory education curriculum, or on syllabi specific to subjects in that curriculum.

They are “training companies” licensed (in many cases) to advise parents and students on educational development.

Many are also owned by, working closely with, or inseparable from intl recruitment agencies that our universities use to recruit from China.

I’ll be writing something more detailed about this, but the framing of this set of policies (stretching back to at least 2018) as a “crackdown” on private sector - at best - an oversimplification of a multifaceted issue. At worst, it’s just plain wrong

In fact, while it’s undoubtedly destructive for the private training sector - it’s part of a much needed reform of compulsory education with the interests of public education and students front and centre.

Whether it works or creates other problems - that remains to be seen.

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