In  "Educational Privatization in China: A Case Study," a report published by the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education,  scholar  Yiwen Wang describes the “grim reality” of  educational privatization in China.  The author documents  life in a private middle school in Guiyang, capital of the inland province of Guizhou. Similar conditions exist throughout China’s schools.

To prepare students for the highly-competitive high-school entrance examination, this middle school jettisons promised extracurricular activities for test preparation. Teacher pay depends on  how administrators assess results of students’ work.

China’ teachers, though technically permitted to form unions, in practice can face repression when they organize, especially when they strike. Despite the threats, China’s teachers have been resisting policies familiar to teachers globally, including performance-related pay and unpaid wages, chronic underfunding of public services, and poor pay.

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Pictured: Retired teachers protest outside the provincial education department in Xi’an on 14 January this year. Photograph from Chinese social media, reproduced on China Labour Bulletin.