In China, learning is a rising burden – David Lague

From IHT:

“It is natural that not everyone can afford excellent education resources,” a spokesman for the Education Ministry, Wang Xuming, was quoted as saying earlier this year in the official Beijing Review magazine.

“A well-off man can go to a brand- name store to buy a 10,000 yuan suit while a poor person can buy a 100 yuan suit from a vendor,” he said.

While higher income families can afford to enroll their children in top schools, even if it does entail some sacrifice, students from poorer families are forced to make do with vastly inferior schooling. [Full Text]

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