14 Schools Were Planned; Only 4 Opened

From Annabelle Timsit at Quartz:

In the early 2000s, British private schools began setting up shop in China, eager to leverage their reputation for excellence in exchange for the opportunity to add to their bottom line by educating the children of one of the world’s fastest-growing and most affluent middle classes.

…the schools partner with local companies to offer a bilingual education to Chinese students, and have to adhere to the same rules as state-run Chinese schools, including teaching the local curriculum for most of the school year.

When these British independent schools started to open in China, they quickly exploded in popularity and, at first, there weren’t many rules in place governing them.

“It was kind of the blind leading the blind,” recalls Julian Fisher, a senior partner at the Beijing-based education consultancy Venture Education. “The UK schools had no clue what they were doing, and the local government or the local partner in China didn’t know what they were doing.”

Things have changed.

In recent years, the Chinese Communist party has asserted its influence over academia. Experts say government officials have been alarmed by the spread of international private schools, leading to more restrictions on who can teach what, and rumors of stricter regulations around pricing, admission, and foreign teachers and staff.

Add in the Trade War and we get this:

Only four British independent schools opened in China in 2019, as opposed to the planned number of 14, according to the report.

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Now add in Coronavirus, with its political and economic implications. Not sure how this plays out.