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China cracks down on tutoring schools amid education scrutiny

Fines imposed as Beijing looks to cut costs of raising children

Many Chinese parents supplement traditional schooling with private tutoring for their children.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- China's market regulator has reportedly fined 15 after-class tutoring schools a total of 36.5 million yuan ($5.7 million) for false advertising and price fraud, signaling an attempt to ease the cost of education for families as the country tries to boost its birthrate.

Tencent-backed Yuanfudao and Alibaba-backed Zuoyebang, as well as established players New Oriental Education & Technology Group and TAL Education Group, are among the companies hit with fines, the state-run People's Daily reported.

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