|Kids at a kindergarten in Jiangsu province play a game of "standing spring eggs" with their teacher on Spring Equinox, March 20, 2017. [Xinhua]|
China will extend its supervisory system for primary and secondary schools to also cover preschools and kindergartens, a move designed to further monitor and ensure young students' safety, security and educational quality, the Ministry of Education said on Tuesday.
The ministry will strengthen its supervision over preschools and kindergartens to deal with high tuitions fees, insufficient access to good public kindergartens and safety issues, He Xiuchao, director of the ministry's Education Supervision Bureau, said at a news conference.
Tang Lijun, director of Beijing's educational supervision office, said at the conference that the city will intensify training of kindergarten supervisors sent to kindergartens to ensure preschool pupils' safety.
"Beijing is working on a comprehensive evaluation system over the city's kindergartens, which is expected to be released and implemented in the first half of 2018," Tang said.
The system will take charge of student admissions as well as the grading and overall quality improvement of the city's kindergartens, he added.
Li Guoqiang, a professor at Xiamen University in Fujian province, said China has seen a surge in the number of its kindergartens and preschools in recent years as the country intensifies efforts to popularize early education.
"Problems are inevitable as lots of these schools are privately owned and lack supervision," Li said.
Local educational authorities should make the conditions of each kindergarten within their jurisdiction public so that parents have access to more information before sending their children off to school, he added.