Jianping Li


How to regulate the development of independent colleges is one of the major problems confronting China’s higher education. The Order No. 26 (第26号令) issued by the Ministry of Education (教育部) in 2008 requires a transformation of independent colleges in accordance with the standards of independently established regular colleges and universities within five years. Until the deadline of March 2013, 90% of the independent colleges in China had not completed their transformation due to political reasons or the difficulties schools encountered. It is suggested that schools should understand various interests and provide differentiated treatment to resolve the issues faced by independent colleges.

Feng Zhang and Yuchi  Zhao


Equal access and quality are two priorities for the development of preschool education. With the completion of the Phase I Three-Year Action Plan of Preschool Education (学前教育第一期三年行动计划), it was necessary to look into what results have been achieved in ensuring equal access to, and the quality of, preschool education and what problems remain to be dealt with. Since 2014, China has been implementing the Phase II Three-Year Action Plan of Pre-school Education, introducing new policies, and continuing to carry out some key projects. However, further exploration still needs to be made through continuous practice to ensure that all children have equal access to quality preschool education and the new policies on preschool education are well implemented.

Zhilei Tian, Rong Wang and Mingxing Liu


This paper first provides a description of the relationship between regional characteristics and the development model of secondary vocational education through a simple analytical framework. Then based on the perspective of regional vocational education, it discusses the four relationships between the present private secondly vocational education and its public counterpart, followed by an introduction to the status of different types of private secondary vocational schools based on investigations and studies. After that, international comparisons are made to reveal the underlying contradictions in the development of China’s secondary vocational education at present as well as the acute challenges confronting the Eastern and Midwest parts of China. At last, the authors provide specific suggestions on reforming the investment system, establishing a more open governance structure, and supporting the development of private vocational schools.

Han Zhao and Tian Zhou


In the rapid process of China’s urbanization, the education opportunity for the large number of children of peasant migrants (农民工随迁子女) has attracted a lot of public attention. The new household registration (Hukou) reform (户籍改革) reinforced the “strict population control in megacities.” Such megacities as Beijing and Shanghai have launched a new campaign to drive the low-end working population out of town, and Beijing had begun to set extremely high thresholds for children of peasant migrants to attend public schools. In this context, it has become an urgent issue to be addressed in the process of urbanization to safeguard the rights for school-age children without urban Hukou to receive compulsory education.

Ming Wang and Shanshan Zhang


“International oriented classes” of senior high schools have met the needs of some students to study abroad at present. But from a long-term point of view, it is imperative for senior high schools to clarify development objectives, establish a more standard curriculum model, and tighten tuition policies while introducing international compatible courses to run international classes. Only by so doing can “international oriented classes” of senior high schools enjoy healthy and orderly development.

Hongyu Qin


The investigation of current development of school-age children was carried out from four dimensions: students’ physical health, teachers’ evaluation of students’ mental health, students’ learning conditions in school, and distribution of school education resources. The investigation compared primary schools in provincial capitals with those in poverty-stricken counties (primary schools in township centers, village primary schools, and teaching places); it also further comprehensively compared primary schools in provincial capitals with those in poverty-stricken townships, villages, and teaching places. The investigation reveals that unhealthy habits and unreasonable nutrition matches are the two biggest concerns for the physical health of school-age children in poverty-stricken areas. The mental health problems for school-age children in primary schools in township centers are most serious. The school-age children in village primary schools and teaching places in poverty-stricken areas suffer from a lack of basic necessities. And the education resources available to these schools are far less than those to primary schools in township centers.

Dongmei Tao


The transformation of local colleges and universities (地方本科) has a direct bearing on the structural adjustment of higher education (高等教育结构调整). In order to improve the system of modern vocational education, recently the Central Government has rolled out policies to turn some colleges and universities into application-oriented technical colleges (应用技术型高校), which are positioned as undergraduate-level vocational colleges and universities (职业本科). However, these policies not only fail to reflect local conditions and but also involve excessive red tapes. Through an analysis of the global trends in the classification of higher education institutions (高等教育机构) and the status quo of higher education in China, the author believes that a balance should be stricken between vocational education and general education (普通教育) to form an interconnected and ternary structure consisting of academic, professional, and vocational education (“学术型-专业应用型-职业技术型”三元交叉体系). This shall help local colleges and universities to better position themselves and speed up the transformation process.

Jing Liu


In 2014, Beijing Municipal Government launched a series of new policies on admission to junior high schools. In contrast to previous years, these policies were most strictly implemented and achieved initial results. Through an analysis of policies on admission to junior high schools in Beijing City, each of its district, and each of its county as well as relevant survey results, this paper systematically summarized the characteristics of policies on admission to junior high schools in Beijing, and comprehensively concluded the specific representations of the “new normal” of examination-free nearby enrollment of compulsory Education in Beijing. With these endeavors, the author puts forward suggestions to further promote the reform and achieve an equal, just, transparent, balanced, excellent, diverse, and innovative compulsory education.

Xu Zhang


As the most vulnerable part in the school system, rural small-scale schools’ construction and development is crucial to the realization of education equality and the promotion of social justice. Among others, construction of teaching staff (师资队伍 建设) is the key to promote the development of rural small-scale schools. The key to rebuild the confidence of rural small-scale schools and reform their educational ecology (教育生态) lies in holding a solid understanding of the obstacles facing construction of teaching staff as well as reconstructing teaching staff in rural small-scale schools according to local conditions and capabilities.

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