China's urban public, private kindergartens need equal attention in development


Children play with toys at the No. 1 Kindergarten, a public one, in Xi Tiangezhuang town in the Chinese capital of Beijing's Miyun county.

Public and private kindergartens in China's urban communities should be given equal attention in their development, according to a senior official with the Ministry of Education.

While public kindergartens are being promoted with great efforts across the country, more private kindergartens should be built into nonprofit ones, said Zheng Fuzhi, the vice minister of education, at a meeting held by five departments including the Ministry of Education, the National Development and Reform Commission, and the Ministry of Civil Affairs, reported.

Zheng urged rectification of kindergartens in urban communities to make them more accessible and affordable.

Existing community-affiliated private kindergartens should be handed over to local education authorities and be turned into public kindergartens or private ones that are nonprofit, according to a notice issued by the State Council in January.

In 2017, close to 63 percent of kindergartens in China were private. The government plans to turn 80 percent of private kindergartens into state-regulated ones, from 43 percent in 2017.