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A private school in Shanghai: New forms of education for a new China

“The needs of the public have diversified,” said principal Yang Yishang of the New Century Private School in Shanghai. “Private schools offer better education for parents who can afford it.”

New Century, founded in 1992, is the city’s first private school, offering instruction in grades one to five. As tuition goes, New Century is relatively pricey. Public schools are free to Chinese citizens, but New Century charges 11,000 RMB (1609.60 USD) per year, not including textbooks and extracurricular expenses.

“The quality of service we provide is worth the cost,” Yang said.

Classes are more comprehensive than at public schools. For English education public schools only use one textbook, while New Century includes supplemental audio and conversational materials, said Yu Chunyan, the school’s curriculum administrator.