BEIJING, September 23 (TMTPOST)— Chinese authorities will work to monitor one-on-one tutoring services and crack down on violations of the "double reduction" policy (Shuangjian), the director of the after-school education regulatory department at the Ministry of Education of China said. The "double reduction" policy, introduced by the Chinese government in May this year, aims to reduce the burdens of both homework and after-school tutoring on students.
According to the director, the implementaton of the "double reduction" policy requires long-term efforts, which means that current actions must be consistent with the final policy goals.
There are three things to focus on now, the director said.
Firstly, relevant policies regarding "double reduction" should be developed. It is important to ensure local governments launch supporting policies to help reduce learning burdens on students and pass regulations on pre-paid courses. Moreover, actions should be taken to manage academic competitions for students, especially those that are branded as international competitions. In addition, the process for private tutoring businesses to transition to non-profit organizations should be improved.
Secondly, stronger supervision and regulation are required. Relevant departments should have better coordination and make use of different methodologies to supervise private tutoring businesses that are hard to regulate, such as one-on-one tutoring and home tutors, etc.
Lastly, valuable policy implementation experience should be recorded and promoted. It is necessary to study and record the implementation process of the "double reduction" policy at the local level and learn from successful cases. Furthermore, it is important to develop a promotion mechanism that helps spread successful experience through mainstream media, Internet channels, and print media, etc.
The Ministry of Education has been pushing local public schools to provide after-school daycare and tutoring services for students since the crackdown on the private sector. By September 22, around 108,000 public schools (excluding boarding schools and primary schools in rural areas) that provide compulsory education have reported information on their after-school services to the ministry, while 96.3% of the schools are now offering after-school services. According to the ministry, 77.431 million students have enjoyed the after-school daycare and tutoring service, registering an attendance rate of 85%.