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China tightens curbs on 'disguised' tutoring as winter break nears

Authorities enforce policy designed to reduce excessive homework and tutoring

As providers changed tactics amid the government crackdown on private education enterprises, authorities in August began increased scrutiny of individual tutors and institutions that switch to small-scale tuition.   © Reuters

Authorities in China have intensified supervision of after-school education providers that go underground by renaming their services or switching to individual tutoring, especially amid increased demand as winter holidays approach.

The Ministry of Education in a notice issued last week required local education authorities to strengthen policy enforcement during the school holiday period and to crack down on private tutoring for school curriculum subjects conducted in the name of "thinking training" or "home economics services."

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