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Youngsters during a lesson in a private school in Gansu province (photo: P Dixon)

Geopolitics: Logically impossible...low-cost private schools in China

Hundreds of fee-paying schools attended by children whose parents live below the poverty line are operating in one of the poorest and most remote parts of China - with the Chinese education authorities seemingly oblivious to their existence, writes GIS expert Dr Pauline Dixon.

Private schools do not exist in China, the country’s education authorities told researchers from the UK.

When questioned, the head of education in one of the poorest parts of China told the researchers from Newcastle University their quest to count the number of private primary and secondary schools was pointless as all Chinese children went to state-funded ...

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Dr. Pauline Dixon
Researchers discovered hundreds of private schools in the remotest villages of Gansu of which the authorities were either unaware or to which they were reluctant to admit. Some private schools had been set up to save youngsters walking up to six hours to school
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