Low-cost kindergartens to cut tuition

Updated: 2013-09-30

Low-cost private kindergartens in Urumqi city, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, will cut tuition fees, according to the city's education bureau, Xinjiangnet.com.cn reported on Sept 25.

The 82 kindergartens, authorized by the city's education sectors as supplements to public kindergartens, are required to reduce tuition fees to less than 500 yuan ($81.70) a month.

"These kindergartens are for common and ordinary people with no hidden agenda to profit. Their names will be released in October," said Liu Jun, vice-director of Urumqi's education bureau.

The Urumqi government has set aside more than 9 million yuan since last December to help the kindergartens renovate and purchase teaching aids, Liu added.

"Their financials will be open to all for monitoring, and the teachers are required to strictly obey kindergarten rules," Liu stressed. "Violators will be disqualified from operating a kindergarten."

To make it easier to enter kindergarten, Urumqi city will invest more in preschool education and build more kindergartens of this kind for children.

Edited by Zhou Yuanyuan and Michael Thai