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Most parents are blind in picking foreign schools for kids

DESPITE their zeal for overseas studies, many Chinese parents have little knowledge of foreign schools or enrolment procedures to send their children abroad, a survey said.

America is the most popular destination for overseas education among Chinese students, according to the survey released today by English First, a language training institute.

The survey polled more than 3,100 parents and found 86 percent of them want their children to go abroad for better education and broader horizon.

The majority, about 51 percent, want to send their kids to the US for advanced studies, far exceeding the others.

Britain came second with 15 percent of respondents preferring English education for their children. Parents favoring Australia and Canada accounted for 14 percent and 13 percent respectively. The remaining 7 percent considered to send their children to Japan, Italy, France and other countries.

About 46 percent of parents plan to send their children abroad after they graduate from domestic colleges and 41 percent plan to send children after they graduate from high schools.

As a contrast to their enthusiasm, 49 percent of the parents said they had no idea about the education system of their selected countries. Only 8 percent said they were well informed.

Moreover, 73 percent of the respondents said they had no idea or only a vague idea about how to send their kids abroad.

Younger parents seem to have better understanding of overseas school system and prepare earlier.

About 40 percent of parents, whose kids are still in the kindergarten, believe they should start the preparation for overseas studies, and 30 percent believe they should start when their kids entered the primary school.

In comparison, parents whose children are above 18, lag behind in the preparation. About 50 percent of parents in this group think that they should start the preparation when their children enter the college and 30 percent think that they should start from high school.

Tuition and safety are major concerns for parents when deciding whether to send their kids abroad or which school to choose.


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