Beijing’s latest policy of reining in tutorial schools has been met with a mixed response since it was announced last weekend.
Many tutorial and learning centers throughout China, which would otherwise have had a bumper summer break, now have to dismiss their classes. They face a steep learning curve trying to understand Beijing’s intentions so they can comply.
This is because a policy paper issued by the Chinese State Council and the Communist Party’s Central Committee banned most paid, after-school sessions.
The 30-plus measures contained in the paper are designed for quick nationwide implementation aimed at stopping the bonanza of tutoring and exam cramming this summer, when most classes at public schools are suspended in July and August.