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New private school sparks controversy

By Wang Hongyi (China Daily)

08:33, March 19, 2012

The first school that exclusively targets the children of returned overseas Chinese in Shanghai has become a controversial topic and sparked heated discussion about the country's education system.

The school, named Shanghai Starriver Overseas Chinese School, will open in September and plans to enroll 50 to 100 students.

Tuition costs about 41,500 yuan ($6,600) per semester. In ordinary public schools, tuition is exempted under the country's compulsory education plan.

With a building area of about 30,000 square meters, Starriver includes a primary school and a junior middle school that are fully equipped with facilities meeting international standards. The teaching environment will be bilingual.

"Some overseas Chinese parents in Shanghai don't want their children to have pure Western education in the city's international schools. But they don't want to send them to traditional public schools either, which have long been criticized for their examination-oriented education," said Liu Maoxiang, a teacher at Shanghai High School, whose international division manages Starriver.

The new school, located near some international communities in Minhang district, is attempting to gear its educational mode toward a global view as well as toward traditional Chinese culture, the teacher said.

A teacher surnamed Chen, who is in charge of enrollment, said about 100 children's names have been entered at present. She said the final list of names will be announced in coming months.

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Kobisch Paul at 2012-03-1985.169.138.*
The creation of private schools decreases the general level of public knowledge. Forcing people to paying for knowledge is very cruel, it is like if the ocean would ask money for plankton.

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