Two Chinese media organizations reported on Saturday’s release of a 21st Century Education Research Institute survey. China requires 9 years of compulsory attendance.
The Beijing Global Times reporting on Chinese home education: Homeschooling rare but growing in China By Guo Kai
Homeschooling in China is in an emerging stage, with about 18,000 children across the country receiving education at home, according to a report released by the 21st Century Education Research Institute Saturday, the Beijing Morning Post reported.Out of the homeschool kids, 60.42 percent are aged between 4 and 10, and the majority are boys. Most of them have previously attended conventional schools, though 37.99 percent had only ever been homeschooled. First grade or kindergarten was the most common time for parents to pull kids from school.
The report showed five main reasons for homeschooling, with the majority of cases, 54.19 percent, coming because parents disagreed with educational ideas in the regular school system, 9.5 percent believing the system was too slow, 7.26 percent feeling that children lacked respect at school, 6.07 percent saying their kids were tired of school life, and 5.59 percent citing religious conviction.
“Homeschooling is individualized education to satisfy different demands,” said Xiong Bingqi, deputy director of the 21st Century Education Research Institute.
Read more at the Beijing Global Times
China Daily also reports on the study.
Experts discuss the benefits of home schooling
“It is possible that a rising number of Chinese parents will choose to educate their children at home instead of sending them to public schools in the future,” said Chu Zhaohui, a senior researcher at the National Institute of Education Sciences.
Chu’s remarks follow a recent survey showing that about 18,000 children on the Chinese mainland now receive their education at home.
Chu said the trend is mainly the result of dissatisfaction with public education among parents who are highly educated and have stronger opinions on educating their children in an alternative way, he said.
The survey, issued by the 21st Century Education Research Institute on Saturday, showed that the top three regions in China where people choose to educate their children at home are Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces and Beijing.
More from last year on Chinese homeschooling.