MoE Bans For-profit Private Schools

China’s MoE has announced that profit-led private elementary schools will be banned from the country’s nine-year compulsory central government supported education system (primary to junior high school years). The new law, which will come into effect from September 2017, aims to better categorize the private education sector, clearly distinguishing non-profit from for-profit private education providers for funding and support purposes, as well as taxation and land use. Non-profit private schools will still enjoy the same taxation and land use policies as public schools. The new policy will not affect the currently over 160,000 private schools registered as non-profit in the country, it will only have impact on those either turning into, or opening for-profit education establishments.

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