A senior Chinese leader has urged for an intensified crackdown
on unwarranted fees imposed by schools to create a clean
State Councilor Chen Zhili said on Wednesday that China's
crackdown on unwarranted educational fees had proved very effective
in past years, but had not yet rooted out the bad practice
completely in some parts of the country.
The nation should pay special attention to primary and middle
schools in rural areas, she said, noting some schools still charged
huge fees from students even though the country had already
exempted rural students from compulsory education fees from last
Chen said the country would severely punish educational
institutions that neglected relevant regulations and charged
unwarranted fees on students. She urged to promote professional
ethics among the country's educators.
(Xinhua News Agency February 21, 2008)