Shenzhen to Pilot Free Education Program
After reviewing a drafted plan for creative social management, Shenzhen might pilot a free high school education program, however, director of the Luohu District Education Bureau, Jin Yili said that it was not the proper time to make high school compulsory. Citing that compulsory education is different from free education.
Although there are no doubts that Shenzhen is highly capable of promoting free high school education, some migrant workers’ children can also enjoy the benefits of free education in public high schools since their parents have been paying taxes and social insurance for some time now. Also, residents are misinformed on the concept of compulsory education from free education. Compulsory education is the obligation of a student to receive education and not necessarily for free.
Most of the high school students are aged 16 to 18, and by law they need adults to decide if they need to continue studying or not. Nobody can force them to study, therefore it is not included in the compulsory education system. The city can only encourage more junior students to proceed to high school only after finishing compulsory education.
Experts say that those students have already started planning their chosen careers so they must be given the right to choose whether to study, work or learn practical skills.