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Will China’s attack on private tuition work?

On the 23rd of July 2021 China’s State Council unveiled new measures to clampdown on for-profit tutoring companies that cater to the country's core curriculum subjects, while also banning foreign investment from private tuition businesses. This sector is worth around $120 billion to the Chinese economy, and the Chinese government are taking this drastic measure in an attempt to address the high level of stress on both parents and children in the country’s highly competitive academic environment. The pressure surrounding education in China is thought to be closely linked to the country's plunging birth rate, where the high cost of living, low wages, long hours and lack of upward mobility result in a cycle of unrealistic expectations, high stress, and feelings of helplessness. But will a crackdown on tutoring work for China? Is the link between tutoring and birth rate too ambiguous for this to prove useful? Or could this be an effective first step in addressing academic stress and the falling birth rate?
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Banning tutoring will just create a black market
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Banning tutoring will just create a black market

This policy reform may just worsen the education gap and if you ban cramming schools and tutoring programs rich parents will just find a way to pay teachers secretly and effectively generate a black market for those who can afford it. These change in are likely to go the same way as similar legislation used in South Korea in the 1980s, by 1991 when the tuition sector was legalised it was more popular than when it was banned, and a following crack down in 2011 failed to succeed also. Limiting access to tutoring will not reduce pressure on parents, it doesn't go fair enough, children need help and making that illegal will leave children behind, especially those with learning difficulties who will be even further behind their peers. Trying to foster cultural change, generating different educational and vocational education pathways and building trust in viable alternative career choices would go much further to address the pressure of the Chinese education system, while the link to China's falling birthrate seems tenuous.

globalvoices.org/2021/08/16/china-parents-and-teachers-are-divided-amid-crackdown-on-private-tutoring foreignpolicy.com/2021/07/28/china-private-tutoring-education-regulation-crackdown

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