Build­ing a fairer ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem

China Daily (Canada) - - VIEWS -

Dur­ing the an­nual sessions of China’s top leg­is­la­ture, and the top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body, Yu Min­hong, po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sor and CEO of New Ori­en­tal Ed­u­ca­tion, said only the rich can afford to own a house in a good school district in Bei­jing, spark­ing a public de­bate. Two ex­perts share their views on the is­sue with China Daily’s Zhang Yuchen:

In other words, the pur­suit of “qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion” has its roots in par­ents’ des­per­a­tion to make their chil­dren “win­ners” in the ed­u­ca­tional race.

Given these facts, equal dis­tri­bu­tion of ed­u­ca­tion re­sources will al­ways be a strate­gic task.

Li Jianzhong, as­so­ciate re­searcher at Re­search Cen­ter for In­ter­na­tional Com­par­a­tive Ed­u­ca­tion, Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion Sci­ences.

rel­a­tively poor fam­i­lies to get a chance to prove their met­tle and thus in­di­rectly en­sure a fairer dis­tri­bu­tion of ed­u­ca­tion re­sources.

Sim­i­lar to the Chi­nese school district sys­tem, theUnited King­dom’s post­code sys­tem re­quires a fam­ily to be a res­i­dent of an area for a cer­tain pe­riod to qual­ify to en­roll its chil­dren to any of the schools in the area. But theUK­gov­ern­ment plans to abol­ish

the sys­tem and, in­stead, pro­mote more gram­mar or vo­cab­u­lary schools where stu­dents can also learn vo­ca­tional skills.

The UK’s move of­fers a les­son, but in the mean­while the Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties should ad­just the school en­roll­ment process

to en­sure chil­dren from poor and ru­ral fam­i­lies get a fairer chance to study in good schools.

Gas­ton Chee, a mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the Bri­tish Cham­ber of Com­merce and CEO of BeGo Ed­u­ca­tion.


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