Public schools in Shenzhen’s Nanshan District to accept expat kids

Kevin McGeary , March 28, 2014 12:33pm

Children of expats working in Nanshan District could be allowed to attend public schools in the district, according to a proposed policy, Shenzhen Daily reported today. The policy will also apply to children of Chinese parents who studied abroad and returned to China, and children who have permanent Hong Kong or Macao residency but whose parents are mainlanders, Nanshan’s education bureau said.

The paper has more:

The policy is an effort by the district’s government to enhance Nanshan’s appeal for international talents and professionals. Eligible parents must either have made investments or paid taxes in Nanshan, the policy states. Details and a timetable for implementation were unavailable.

Chinese public schools are tuition-free under the country’s nine-year compulsory education program.

Nanshan has seven international schools, Liu Gengping, the bureau’s chief, said. Many Shenzhen families whose children have Hong Kong or Macao residency cannot afford tuition at international schools, however.

A Shenzhen Government policy on free compulsory education that was implemented in 2012 excluded foreign children and children with Hong Kong or Macao residency from attending Shenzhen’s public schools.

More than 15,000 students from Shenzhen cross the border every weekday to attend Hong Kong schools.

Would you send your kids to a public school in Nanshan if you had the chance?

Kevin McGeary

China hand, bawdy balladeer.