Care for kids with bet­ter su­per­vi­sion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - THE PRO­VIN­CIAL ED­U­CA­TION AU­THOR­I­TIES

of North China’s He­bei prov­ince have is­sued an emer­gency no­tice on the man­age­ment of school buses run by pri­vate kinder­gartens. Over the past two weeks four chil­dren in the prov­ince died af­ter they were locked in school buses. West Metropo­lis Daily com­mented on Mon­day:

The lax man­age­ment of lo­cal kinder­gartens, par­tic­u­larly the ones with ques­tion­able back­grounds, is to blame for the chil­dren’s deaths. Of the kinder­gartens in­volved, only one has the nec­es­sary li­censes. How­ever, shut­ting them down for good is hardly a vi­able so­lu­tion.

On the one hand, the prop­erly li­censed He­bei kinder­garten also failed to dou­ble-check the school bus to make sure all the kids had got off, which led to the death of a 3-year-old. On the other, some par­ents might “know­ingly” en­trust their kids with preschools that are “not so good”, be­cause they have lim­ited choices or fi­nan­cial ca­pa­bil­ity.

The prob­lems with kinder­gartens, whether over-

loaded school buses or poor man­age­ment, point fun­da­men­tally to the in­suf­fi­cient sup­ply of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tional re­sources. The use of school buses by an in­creas­ing num­ber of schools is in­deed praise­wor­thy, but the fre­quency of school bus tragedies sug­gests that many school buses are not up to par and their driv­ers are not prop­erly trained.

It is worth ask­ing whether the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have turned a blind eye to the many “il­le­gal” kinder­gartens, or they were sim­ply not aware of their ex­is­tence un­til the ac­ci­dents hap­pened. Ei­ther way, their su­per­vi­sion of ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes is flawed and thus their care for lo­cal chil­dren is in­ad­e­quate.

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