The Hunan Education Bureau’s “strictest order” banning extra – and paid – lessons for middle school students has triggered a nationwide debate, China Youth Daily reported.
The ban prohibits senior and junior high schools in Hunan from organizing extra classes for their students, and for the first time includes those set to take the national College Entrance Examination, or gaokao, next year.
Middle schools are also prohibited from offering facilities for any classes for those who are retaking their middle school tests.
The Ministry of Education started prohibiting such classes in 2000 in a bid to alleviate the pressure on primary and middle school students, but many schools have since challenged the prohibition order.
The Global Times quoted some parents as commenting online that they had no choice but to tell their children to attend such classes, otherwise they could fall behind in their studies.