On Monday, China’s Ministry of Education announced some of the results for the pilot districts of its “Double Reduction” policy. Unlicensed training institutions in Beijing have been reduced by 98%, while all kind of training institutions have been decreased by 60%. Twelve districts have eliminated all unlicensed training institutions.
Beijing has insisted on quickly firming up the government’s Double Reduction policy, issuing the “1+1+3 standard”. The numbers in the equation refer to the supervision mechanism of prepaid funds, the management of an institution’s license, and the overall operation of training institutions.
Beijing has also established a special management platform to help manage funds, students, teachers, courses and institutions. Up to now, more than 120 institutions have been notified, a number of teachers have been removed from teaching posts, and several illegal enterprises have been heavily fined more than 15 million yuan. The government has acted quickly in remodelling the after-school training institutions’ marketing methods and has stopped broadcasting training institution advertisements in municipal media and other public places.
In order to improve the quality of classroom teaching, Beijing has also built a “double-classroom” that integrates online and offline teaching. Two hundred schools have been selected to trial the new model. At least 20% of the class hours in suburban schools have been remodelled upon the “double-classrooms” model. Pilot projects of major courses are being carried out in some districts, and some schools in urban areas and suburbs have begun to share their curriculum resources.
The government is also actively helping and guiding the transformation of training institutions, and has provided more than 220,000 jobs for downsized personnel. Suggestions on how to withdraw from rent obligations has also been given to help institutions go through current difficulties.
In the announcement of the Ministry of Education, progress in other cities was also mentioned: compulsory education after-school training institutions in Shanghai has been reduced by 21.73% and employee numbers have been reduced by 35,000. The city of Shenyang has put in place a “teaching from the very beginning” methodology in junior classes.
Guangzhou schools are providing diversified curriculum lists for students to choose from. Finally, in Chengdu, after-school services now cover all segments of the province’s compulsory education requirements. the coverage rate of after-school services in Chengdu compulsory education schools has reached 100%.