Fresh laws on private schooling
China will soon draft its first law on private schools to meet the rising need for education from its growing population.
Private schools have developed rapidly in recent years in the mainland, including kindergartens, primary schools, high schools, colleges and job training centres. Chinese government statistics show about 54,000 private schools had been set up by the end of 2000, with 6.93 million registered students.
Wang Jialiu, a member of the National People's Congress Education, Science, Culture and Health Committee was quoted in China Daily as saying that the draft law would give private schools the same treatment as government-run schools and equal protection for the rights of their teachers and students. The schools would also enjoy preferential policies in loan, tax and other financial matters.
Gerald Postiglione, director of the University of Hong Kong's Centre of Research on Education in China, said the move towards private schools would weaken government-run schools, leaving poor students of average ability with less influence than richer peers with higher academic achievements.