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A campaign against private tutoring

If authorities in Beijing have their way, China’s schoolchildren will soon be able to enjoy much more free time. Until now, the situation looked like this: An already exhausting school week is followed by additional private courses on Saturday and Sunday, for which parents usually pay a substantial amount of money. This “private tutoring” was not only aimed at weaker students who simply couldn’t keep up in their classes; it was also quite normal for the best students to take additional classes on weekends in order to improve an already stellar performance.

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