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Dual public-private education model needed

By Xiong Bingqi | China Daily | Updated: 2014-03-18 07:53

In a bid to establish more equal education opportunities, the Ministry of Education is piloting a new policy in the country's 19 biggest cities whereby all primary schools must enroll all their students from within their communities while 90 percent of junior middle schools should enroll a majority of their students from within their communities. This is aimed at preventing the best schools being the preserve of children whose parents have money, power or connections.

Well-intentioned though the policy is, the goal that all primary schools should enroll students from within the nearest school communities may be hard to achieve, and the policy for junior middle schools is a step backward compared with the former policy of no exam for enrollment.

In the pilot cities, some good private primary schools are very popular among students and parents, which are regarded as aggravating the unfairness in student selection. Yet the purpose of private schools is to offer differential selection. Including private schools in the new policy actually goes against Private Education Promotion Law, which stipulates that private schools have the right to recruit students independently. If the authorities insist these private schools implement the policy, they are regarding them the same as public schools, and therefore they should provide these private schools with the same subsidies as their public peers. It is unfair to use private funds in education while restricting private schools' rights to independent selection.

Dual public-private education model needed

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