Students and their parents leave a private after-school education session in the Haidan district of Beijing. Photo: AFP
Students and their parents leave a private after-school education session in the Haidan district of Beijing. Photo: AFP
Education

A lesson for Hong Kong, Singapore in mainland China’s crackdown on the tutoring industry?

  • In reining in the US$38 billion industry Beijing is seeking greater equality, less pressure for children and – with an eye on the falling birth rate – lower costs for parents
  • Whether others follow suit looks doubtful. A similar move by South Korea in the 1980s only drove tutoring underground. Besides, some say the problem is not the tutoring but a cultural emphasis on academic achievement and a fear of ‘falling behind’

Students and their parents leave a private after-school education session in the Haidan district of Beijing. Photo: AFP
Students and their parents leave a private after-school education session in the Haidan district of Beijing. Photo: AFP
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