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China's primary schools squeezed as 'two-child' policy raises enrollments

In Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, lack of public school capacity now common

Students bow as they enter a school in Shanghai.   © Reuters

Primary schools in large cities including Guangzhou, Chengdu and Changchun have warned of potential shortages of places for incoming students, as the first cohort of children born after the implementation of the "two-child" policy is set to enter school this year.

Several districts in southern industrial hub Guangzhou, Guangdong province, released notices this month that enrollment will be tight in 2023, as the number of children entering primary schools is expected to be greater than last year.

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