Recently, parents in the city of Hefei, Anhui province, lined up for over 24 hours in order to get their kids enrolled into a selective kindergarten admissions lottery. The lottery is important because it decides which children will be enrolled at a kindergarten when there is not room enough for everyone who applied.
According to NetEase, this is a frequent problem in China as there is a shortage of kindergartens across the country. Despite some financial aid for lower-income parents and the construction of more kindergartens recently, both public and private kindergartens remain difficult to get into. In some cases, children cannot attend the kindergarten that is closet to their home, and must seek out schools elsewhere. Less fortunate kids won’t find a place at a kindergarten at all. With recent legislation allowing two kids per family across the country, officials foresee even more problems with enrollment in the future.
Netizens have expressed their dissatisfaction at what parents have to do to get their kid enrolled in a kindergarten. “We’re such a big country, but we can’t even regulate education. How depressing,” one web user wrote. Another commented, “I see a mother crying. I feel ashamed to be Chinese.”
Hey, at least the admissions lottery is decided by chance, instead of bribes to school staff and administrators. We sincerely hope that those kids lucky enough to attend the kindergarten of their parents’ choice will receive a quality education without experiencing abuse from their teachers or from fellow students. Not to mention, attacks from crazed outsiders or the school itself.
By Amy Yang
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