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China’s attack on private tuition

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?

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