The children of government workers and employees of public institutions in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province will no longer be given priority admission to publicly-funded kindergartens, Wang Dong, deputy mayor of Guangzhou said at a press meeting on Wednesday. (Global Times)
The nexus of public sector, privilege, the income gap and education in China is fascinating, as this story from down south illustrates quite well. Good on the GZ government for trying to make the system more fair, although we’ll see if this change actually does anything to ameliorate the situation. Keep in mind that privilege is not just about what position your parents hold in the government, but also how much cash parents can shell out for “extra” fees paid to schools or staff. Dealing with that sort of corruption is just as important, so let’s hope that’s on the agenda as well.