Chinese parents fear children’s English skills will suffer as schools cut back on language classes and tutors face crackdown

Sep 19, 2021 by

Reforms designed to reduce the burden on pupils have worried parents who fear they will reduce their ability to communicate with the outside world.

  • Reforms designed to reduce the burden on pupils have worried parents who fear they will reduce their ability to communicate with the outside world
  • Cuts to language teaching also come amid growing nationalist sentiment and a national debate about how useful it really is to learn English
Public schools in many parts of China have cut back the number of hours devoted to studying English. Photo: EPA-EFE

Chinese parents worried their children will lose out as a result of education reforms that have led to a reduction in the amount of time spent teaching English are looking for ways to make up the gap.

Although their options are further limited after a crackdown on private tutoring, they will not easily be deterred.

“Many parents, those who deem English as an important tool to help you connect with the world, are figuring out solutions to offset the impact,” says Stella Zou, who runs a 500-member social media group for those who share her concerns.

Source: Chinese parents fear children’s English skills will suffer as schools cut back on language classes and tutors face crackdown | South China Morning Post

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