Ex­tracur­ric­u­lar Con­cerns

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Pri­mary and se­condary school stu­dents spent huge amounts of time in af­ter-class train­ing in­sti­tu­tions, tak­ing new lessons and brush­ing up on exam tech­niques. China has at least 200,000 af­ter-class train­ing in­sti­tu­tions and more than a mil­lion af­fil­i­ated teach­ers fight­ing for mar­ket share of an 800 bil­lion yuan (US$128B) in­dus­try. In late March 2018, China's Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion an­nounced new reg­u­la­tions for af­ter-school train­ing in­sti­tu­tions tar­get­ing pri­mary and se­condary school stu­dents, re­quir­ing lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties to for­mu­late plans to re­duce the bur­den on stu­dents. Un­der the new reg­u­la­tions, in­sti­tu­tions that are prone to safety vi­o­la­tions, lack per­mits, en­gage in exam-ori­ented train­ing or hire teach­ers from pub­lic schools will be forced to close. But ed­u­ca­tion ex­perts said the best way to re­duce the aca­demic bur­den on stu­dents would be to re­form the coun­try's exam-ori­ented ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

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