With the biggest population in the world, China also has the biggest educational system in the world. Currently, more than 200 million people are receiving full time education in various schools and grade levels.
Chinese education is divided into childhood, primary, secondary and higher education. The government implements compulsory education in the first 9 years of primary and junior secondary school education. Students are not required to pay tuition, but they do need to buy some textbooks and other minor items at a cost of a few hundred RMB.
The Chinese government considers compulsory education very important and continues to work to improve enrollment rates. The government is also working to improve access to all levels of education for rural students.
Chinese education is mostly public, however private education programs have recently become more numerous. Generally speaking, public education is considered the best in terms of quantity and quality.