Yingyi Ma speaks to The Diplomat about educational inequality in China

Yingyi Ma 2019In July, China’s government issued new regulations that drastically limit for-profit tutoring services and prohibit foreign investment in Chinese private education companies. The new rules restrict both tutoring services and the profits they generate. Some describe the moves as a way to ease the pressures children feel and the financial burdens parents face in a society that prizes intense pursuit of academic achievement. "The root of the problem is the widening social inequality, and the privileged and wealthy will come up with alternative ways to maximize their children’s education advantages, such as hiring private tutors to teach at home,” says Yingyi Ma, associate professor of sociology. Read more in The Diplomat article, "Why Did China Crack Down on Its Ed-Tech Industry?" 08/09/21