By Michael Evans
On November 22, authorities in Shenzhen’s Futian district shut down several illegal kindergartens, leaving over a hundred children without schools.
In a letter to parents, the Futian education bureau said that the kindergartens were being investigated for failing to comply with sanitation and fire safety regulations.
Unlicensed, or “black” kindergartens, have come into the spotlight recently after a series of reports of student deaths and abuse by teachers (something that could obviously never happen> in a fully licensed kindergarten).
But for many parents, especially migrant workers, black kindergartens provide the only childcare available, as limited space and high fees put registered kindergartens out of reach.