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Putting child's play back into kindergarten (3)

By Cang Wei and Song Wenwei (China Daily)

10:27, March 02, 2012

Liao said that she had seen textbooks for elementary schools on children's desks in some kindergartens, which are considered to be the best in Beijing.

"A large proportion of Chinese parents will send their children to private schools if kindergartens stop teaching the knowledge demanded by elementary schools," Liao said.

There are staff members from private schools handing out leaflets in front of many Chinese kindergartens.

Wu Yuchun, the headmaster of a private school in Huai'an, Jiangsu province, said that he is considering running classes for preschool children.

"My institution has been providing services to students aged above 6 for more than 10 years, but now it's time to make a change. And I have to say that this is a great business opportunity for private schools," he said.

"The whole society puts too much emphasis on scholastic success. Children exploring the outside world and feeling natural beauty are more important," Liao said. "If elementary schools don't change their entrance requirements and teaching methods, the regulation to ease preschool children's pressure will no doubt end in failure."

According to China's Ministry of Education, by 2009 the country has 138,000 kindergartens, which provide service to 26.6 million children.

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