Building a fairer education system
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.