Government to Give Subsidies to Private Kindergartens

Government to give subsidies to private kindergartensTo help increase teacher’s salaries and improve the quality of teaching at private kindergartens, the city education bureau said that the government is planning to give subsidies to private kindergartens.

The education bureau submitted a three-year plan proposal to the government which is now awaiting approval. The plan will involve the city and district governments setting up special funds for kindergarten education.

Currently the government is only subsidizing public kindergarten, which make up only 5.6 percent of the 1,052 kindergarten  found in the city. The government is aiming to have at least 95 percent of the kindergartens at government standards.

Official statistics show that Shenzhen has 59 public and 993 private kindergartens in the city. Kindergarten teachers have an average salary of 1,200 a month which is lower than the wages of an average worker. Parents have also complained of the high tuition fees and poor quality of education in the kindergarten system.

The government will be working to build a reasonable cost sharing mechanism and assessing the cost of kindergarten education.

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