Handbook of Education in China
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Handbook of Education in China

Edited by W. J. Morgan, Qing Gu and Fengliang Li

The Handbook of Education in China provides both a comprehensive overview and an original interpretation of key aspects of education in the People’s Republic of China. It has four parts: The Historical Background; The Contemporary Chinese System; Problems and Policies; The Special Administrative Regions: Macau and Hong Kong. The Handbook is an essential reference for those interested in Chinese education; as well as a comprehensive textbook that provides valuable supplementary material for those studying Chinese politics, economy, culture and society more generally.
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Chapter 5: Primary education

John Chi-Kin Lee and Huan Song

Abstract

The chapter provides a detailed account of primary education in China. It shows that the Chinese government’s enhanced financial investments and centralized curriculum reforms have improved the quality of provision and access to primary education significantly. However, disparity in terms of resources provision and teacher quality between schools in urban and rural areas remains a persistent cause for concern.

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