Expats can now enroll their Children in Public Schools in Nanshan
Expats living in Nanshan District can now enroll their children in public schools in the district after the local district government recently proposed a policy. The policy stated that it will benefit children of Chinese parents that studied abroad and came back to China, and children who are holding Hong Kong or Macau residency but with mainland parents.
The educational bureau of Nanshan said that the policy is part of their effort in enhancing Nanshan’s appeal for international talents and professionals. Both parents must be eligible and must have made investments or have paid their taxes in Nanshan. The timetable and details of the new policy is still unavailable at this time.
Based in the country’s nine year compulsory education program Chinese public schools are tuition free. There are seven international schools in Nanshan and most of the families living in the area have children who are holding either Hong Kong or Macau residency cards and cannot afford the tuition in these international schools.
But based on a Shenzhen government policy that was implemented in 2012 in giving free compulsory education did not include foreign children and those children with Hong Kong and Macau residency from entering public schools in Shenzhen. a recent survey shows that more than 15,000 students in Shenzhen cross the border during weekdays to attend schools in Hong Kong.