4 July 2012
In China, two UKAID projects focusing on improving educational quality, evaluation and teacher development, led by the University of Bristol and China's National Institute of Education Sciences, have explored the range of selection criteria used by a sample of Chinese senior secondary schools.
The 2012 findings indicate that the percentage of school places taken by students paying the standard tuition fee ranges from 45-100 percent. The school places taken by students paying more than the standard tuition fee ranges from 0-44 percent, while those students paying less than the standard tuition fee ranges from 0-38 percent. Given all senior high schools select by ability, which of course restricts parental choice, this suggests that there is nevertheless a great deal of variation across different schools and regions in selection criteria and opportunities for parents to influence selection decisions by paying more than the standard tuition fees.