The government has begun cracking down on online tutors in China. The country’s Ministry of Education is leading a drive to regulate the sector along with several other government departments.
Under new regulations, teachers already employed in elementary and middle schools will no longer be allowed to provide online tutoring services in China. Foreigners wanting to teach online in China will also be required to provide details of their accreditation, work experience, and employment history as well as the state required qualifications if teaching English, geography, history, politics, maths, Chinese, or the sciences.
The ministry claims that online tutoring platforms in China are plagued by problems, such as unqualified teachers, tutoring that focusses only on test taking, and a lack of customer service. Some are also home to “vulgar and harmful information and online games,” it claims.
Going forward, education authorities in each province will be required to keep tabs on online tutoring platforms in their region, along with their content and teachers. Online classes should also be limited to 40 minutes with a break of at least 10 minutes between lessons, according to the guidelines. In addition, children in China’s compulsory education system should not be taking live steamed lessons after 9pm under the new rules.
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“Education departments in all regions will, in cooperation with relevant departments, effectively strengthen standardised management for online training and online games that are registered or filed in their jurisdictions, and adopt technical methods to carry out supervision to ensure that live online broadcasting training activities end no later than 9pm.”
Apr 15, 2021 10:24 Report Abuse
I have been online teaching for over 3 years. Many Chinese companies provide poor materials to teach with and don't really seem to care about their teachers or students. Some companies neglect to pay their teachers what they are owed, which has happened to myself and other teachers that I know. This was a good job whilst I was going through university and I don't think that a degree is required to teach simple things such as phonics and conversational English. I think that online companies will struggle to meet the demands of their teachers if all are required to go through similar steps as acquiring a Zvisa.
Jul 17, 2019 15:53 Report Abuse