Education ministry orders halt to homeschooling

Updated 2017-03-03 13:50:20

(ECNS) -- Homeschooling should not replace national compulsory education, the Chinese Ministry of Education said in a notice just before the start of the new semester.

The ministry did not specify that it would take any action against parents who insisted on educating their children at home.

By February 2016, some 6,000 Chinese children were being home-educated, and another 50,000 parents intended to try it out, Workers' Daily reported on Friday, citing Wang Jiajia, a researcher at the 21st Century Education Research Institute.

An earlier study released by that institute showed that the number of children being home-schooled in China reached 2,000 in 2013. Wang estimated that the group expanded by about 30 percent annually from 2013 to 2017.

Wang said that 80 percent of parents who opted to educate their children at home had received higher education, 58 percent lived in big cities, more than 20 percent had stayed abroad for more than six months, and about half had teaching experience.

The top reasons stated for preferring homeschooling was "not agreeing with a school's educational philosophy" and "not agreeing with a school's educational methods," Wang said.

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