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Preschools to be monitored, regulated

LOCAL educational authorities will standardize preschool centers, most of which are now illegal and left unsupervised, official said yesterday.

Ni Minjing, an official with the Shanghai Education Commission, said they will begin evaluating all the education centers for their courses, teachers and facilities while also carrying out annual inspections.

He said the commission will cooperate with other law enforcement agencies to crack down on illegal centers that cheated many parents.

With local kindergartens rejecting kids under three years old, there is a high demand for preschool centers amid the ongoing baby boom.

Lots of preschool centers have mushroomed across the city in the past few years to fill the need.

But most of them are actually consulting firms, doubling up as preschools and charging exorbitant amount of money from parents, Ni said.

He said the preschools were not supervised as they were not registered under the education commission, while the local market watchdog were lax in their supervision over their education programs. This led to the abrupt closures of many early childhood education centers.

Last week, Think Try and Play Child Development Center in downtown closed unexpectedly, leaving parents, who had paid tens of thousands of yuan as tuition fees, in the lurch.

Police later found that it was registered as a fitness center.

Similar children training institutes such as Smart Kids and Dinosaur Creativity also shut down. They were all consulting firms registered with the market watchdog instead of the Shanghai Education Commission.


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