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China pushes private schools to turn public in 'fairness' lesson

Soaring education costs place many families in financial bind

Nearly 15% of middle school students and 9% of elementary students attend private school in China.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China's crackdown on for-profit education gained steam this month as authorities push to make private elementary and middle schools public under a banner of promoting fairness in education.

The rise of the private sector in education has caused costs to soar, with parents spending tens of thousands of dollars a year to get the best education for their child. This has made many young couples think twice about starting a family.

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