Watch on education Web sites
China has stepped up regulation of Web sites offering distance learning courses.
The Ministry of Education yesterday issued a notice ordering all Web sites offering courses using the names 'online university' or 'online school' to register with the Government, according to Xinhua.
Without government approval, Web sites were not allowed to recruit students and offer courses, the agency said.
All education institutes that wish to offer distance learning through the Web or satellite networks would also have to seek approval from the Government.
Meanwhile, Web sites affiliated to secondary and primary schools would have to apply to provincial governments before registering with the state, the ministry said.
Those Web sites which are already operating need to apply for approval again, while those which fail to receive permission from the Government will have to stop all activities at once.
Institutes which violate the regulations will be punished and their leaders held responsible.
Meanwhile, the ministry said it was supporting 20 colleges to set up distance learning colleges on the Internet.
Regulations would be issued soon, Xinhua said.