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      Stop Tutoring!

            hina bans private tutoring in  was predicted to grow from RMB ¥800  ganisations and the 2021 Election
            school curriculum subjects to  billion (US $123.7 billion) in 2019 to  Committee Subsector Ordinary Elec-
     Creduce the burden of excessive  over RMB ¥1 trillion (US $0.15 tril-   tions.
     schoolwork  on kindergarten to  12th  lion) by 2025 in a 2020 report by Oli-  Our team explores a growing trend
     grade  pupils.  The  policy  dubbed  the  ver  Wyman, a  management  consult-  of young farmers in Korea, the craze
     “double reduction” only  allows pri-  ing firm. But businesses now struggle  for Hong Kong boy band Mirror and
     vate classes on weekdays with limited  to make profits after a regulation on  youngsters in China using “blind box-
     hours.                              tuition fees has been issued alongside  es” to meet new friends.  Varsity  re-
        Our Periscope section investigates  the policy.                      porters also talk to various interesting
     how China’s tutoring crackdown af-     With many classes cancelled, tu-  people including former Apple Daily
     fects tutoring agencies, teachers, stu-  toring agencies face great financial  journalists, Hong Kong’s first regis-
     dents and parents.                  pressure from refunding tuition fees  tered ethnic minority social worker
        According to Ministry of Educa-  and compensating employees who  Jeffrey Andrews, an Irish polyglot and
     tion, 10.78 million students registered  are cut due to the change. Many pri-  a game content creator in China.
     for the 2021 Gaokao, university en-  vate tutors cannot afford to pay their   Have an enjoyable read!
     trance examination in China, with an  mortgage because of unemployment
     increase of 70,000 compared with last  or massive pay cuts.
     year.  While  only  about  9.67  million   Varsity also examines political
     were admitted as undergraduates to  and social issues in Hong Kong such
     regular higher education institutions  as cultural heritage conservation, the                Linn Wu
     in 2020.                            redevelopment of To Kwa Wan, the
        Private tutoring market in China  disbandment of pro-democracy or-                   Chief Editor

        Varsity Magazine, Issue 160, November 2021
        Editorial Office School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sha Tin, N. T., Hong Kong
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