Every year, high numbers of Chinese children board in western schools to access English language learning and earn an International Baccalaureate, American High School Diploma or British Curriculum equivalent. China is the largest exporter of school-aged learners to Britain’s schools, currently with 6,662 children in British schools this year.
So why is China so keen to use schools abroad?
Until now, provision of high-quality independent school places for Chinese children has fallen short of its own domestic demand because of a restrictive set of laws stopping local children from attending the international independent schools in China. Only expatriate families or families with a foreign national parent can enrol their children; they are in fact referred to as ‘Schools for Children of Foreign Workers’ (SCFW). In November 2016, the Chinese government has tightened these laws on profit-making dual-curriculum private schools further, banning the enrolment of primary-aged local children altogether.
However, the Asian economic boom has resulted in a large middle class looking for premium education choices, home or abroad.
A new sector emerges
As a result, a new sector is booming: International Chinese Private Schools. This sector is accessible to local children and gives local families a new choice where they can access an international style education in dual languages without leaving the country. These International Chinese Private Schools make up 63% of international Schools within the country.
Demand for a dual-language education remains incredibly high: waiting lists often start at birth as parents plan ahead to get their children sufficiently qualified to study in a western University. Research data from the ISC shows that the student headcount in international schools in China has rocketed by 13% in just the year 2015 – 2016.
With high demand comes upward pressure on pricing: Asia’s school fees have also risen steeply in the last two years, with a 7% increase versus a 2% increase on average worldwide. The average school fee in Asia is now $14,150 a year. China is the most expensive place in Asia to school your children, with average fees of $25,820, followed by Singapore at $23,198. Switzerland tops the international tables at $29,711.
Opportunities for British teachers
With such an increase in career choices, British-trained teachers are in high demand at English-medium schools globally.
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