(Yicai Global) Dec. 6 -- Nearly four fifths of Chinese extracurricular training centers that were operating on the wrong side of the law have shaped up after central government intervention, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.
Some 210,000 of the 272,800 that were breaking rules have gotten their act together, Xinhua reported, citing data from the Ministry of Education. The ministry had inspected around 401,100 centers as of Nov. 30.
The education ministry will continue to urge Chinese cities and districts to accelerate the corrections process and ensure training center comply with regulations in marketing, civil affairs, human resources, social security and emergency management, the report added.
Beijing called for normalization of growth at after-school training centers by the end of August, and while the education authority was unable to meet that goal it has pledged to have all the institutions in ship shape by the end of this year.
The central government set basic requirements over the conditions of premises, faculty, and management in order to reduce the burden Chinese students face when being overloaded with after-school classes.
On site, centers must have at least three square meters of floor space available for each student in a class, to ensure there is no overcrowding and classrooms can easily be evacuated. The institutions must also comply with national administrative regulations governing fire safety, environmental protection, hygiene and foods, and must obtain life insurance for their students.
The centers should also have stable teaching teams and are not allowed to poach staff from primary and middle schools. The educators should also be appropriately qualified and recruitment of foreign employees should meet the relevant national rules.
Managers of the centers should have a management system that specifies the purpose of the training, the firm's business scope, a mechanism for problem solving and decision making, capital management guarantees and a commitment to service.
Editor: James Boynton