elite schools


elite schools
(guizu xuexiao)
Guizu xuexiao or elite schools are non-public elementary, middle and high schools that have appeared in China since the 1980s. They are called elite schools because only rich families can afford their high tuition and other fees. The rise of elite schools is one more indicator of the economic growth of China and the enlarging gap between the rich and poor in today’s China.
High expenses, however, are not the only difference between the elite schools and public schools. Many elite schools are boarding schools, whereas most public schools are not. High salaries ensure the quality of the teachers of the elite schools, whereas many public schools, particularly those in poor rural areas, often suffer from lack of qualified teachers.
Elite schools usually attach particular importance to foreign language teaching by hiring native speakers as language teachers, whereas few public schools can afford this. Connections with foreign schools are used to attract students, and some graduates of the elite schools enter foreign universities directly. In general, however, the curriculum of the elite schools is not very different from that of the public schools—the elite schools, like the public schools, have to use officially approved textbooks.
Financially elite schools rely mainly on tuition money and investments made by businessmen and the families of their students. Though many elite schools start as money-making businesses, quite a few have been shut down because of financial problems. Elite schools are usually located in suburbs of large cities or rich areas. They are particularly popular in the Pearl River Delta.
HAN XIAORONG

Encyclopedia of contemporary Chinese culture. . 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Schools and Colleges in Surat — Most of the schools in the Surat have Gujarati as the medium of instruction, and there are a number of English medium schools as well. St. Xaviers and Lourdes Convent are the two Catholic schools in Surat and are often viewed as elite schools… …   Wikipedia

  • elite — /əˈlit / (say uh leet), /eɪ / (say ay ), /i / (say ee ) noun 1. the choice or best part, as of a body or class of persons. 2. (construed as plural) persons of the highest class: *The reception was full of Melbourne s business and social elite… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Elite-Uni — Unter einer Eliteuniversität versteht man entweder eine Universität zur Ausbildung einer Funktionselite oder eine Universität, zu der nur eine bestimmte Elite einer Gesellschaft Zugang hat, oder aber eine Elite innerhalb der Kategorie der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Elite-Universität — Unter einer Eliteuniversität versteht man entweder eine Universität zur Ausbildung einer Funktionselite oder eine Universität, zu der nur eine bestimmte Elite einer Gesellschaft Zugang hat, oder aber eine Elite innerhalb der Kategorie der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Elite Seven — The Elite Seven is an unofficial reference to seven private, boys only high schools in South Africa, some of which admit girls in the VI Form.The group consists of the oldest and most expensive schools in the country, where economic and social… …   Wikipedia

  • elite — 01. She attends a school for children of the [elite]: the doctors, lawyers, businessmen, etc. 02. With this goal, he joins the [elite] group of those players who have scored over 1,000 points in their career. 03. The college is supposed to be for …   Grammatical examples in English

  • List of international schools — This is a list of international schools from around the world. Afghanistan * [http://iskafghan.org/index.htm QSI International School of Kabul] * [http://iskafghan.org/index.htm International School of Kabul (ISK)] Albania *Tirana International… …   Wikipedia

  • List of schools in Tanzania — The following is a list of schools in Tanzania:* [http://www.agape.ac.tz Agape Lutheran Junior Seminary] * Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School, Dar es Salaam * Aga Khan Primary School, Dar es Salaam * Al Muntazir School Network, Dar es Salaam *… …   Wikipedia

  • List of schools in Norway — Schools in Norway are usually divided into the following categories: elementary schools ( barneskole ) 1st to 7th grade, lower secondary schools ( ungdomsskole ) 8th to 10th grade, upper secondary schools ( videregående skole ) 11th to 13th grade …   Wikipedia

  • Autonomous law schools in India — The term Autonomous law schools in India refers to the law schools founded in India pursuant to the second generation reforms for legal education sought to be implemented by the Bar Council of India. The first such autonomous law school was the… …   Wikipedia