China is Cracking Down on Off-Campus Tutoring Institutions in the Middle of the Toughest Overhaul of Education
China’s government has kicked off the latest education overhaul. This means all off-campus tutoring will be banned by local governments. This is China’s toughest policy to date for the off-campus tutoring industry. As a result, the off-campus education and training industry, which ushered in false prosperity by creating anxiety among parents, has become precarious in the face of this current crack-down. At the same time, the anxiety of parents has not been alleviated.
Within half a month after the release of this latest policy, major off-campus education and training institutions have successively issued open letters to parents. This demonstrates their determination to cooperate. The reason behind the booming of the off-campus education and training industry stems from the huge educational pressures within China’s society. The prosperity has in turn magnified the education anxiety among the parents and their children.
Experts Believe That China Needs to Find Sustainable COVID-19 Control Measures
This new round of the local epidemic that started in Nanjing has not yet ended after 20 days. Some professionals believe that it is time to turn to the precise management for the fight against the epidemic instead of a tough zero-tolerance approach which was once regarded as the ultimate means.
On July 20, the airport cluster infection was reported at Nanjing Airport. This quickly overflowed and was unexpectedly difficult to control. As of August 11, the outbreak had spread to 28 cities across the country, with more than 1,000 people infected. The strong anti-epidemic measures include “closing down the city”. But this time in Nanjing and Yangzhou, the effectiveness of this method has been challenged. Some medical experts said that more and more people believe that the pandemic will not end in a short time. China’ city managers urgently need new directions to make the epidemic prevention system more sustainable.
Catastrophic Floods in the Central Province of Henan Raised Alarm for Response Mechanism in Cities
Heavy rains swept through Henan, the central province of China, claiming 302 lives with another 50 people missing. Under the combined effects of global warming and human activities, the probability of the occurrence of disastrous urban floods will increase significantly. It has become urgent for cities to comprehensively improve their ability to respond to such disasters.
According to official reports, from July 16 to 12:00 on August 2, 302 people were killed in Henan Province due to the catastrophic flood and 50 people were missing. China’s government launched an investigation into the disaster. At the same time, according to a UN report, climate warming caused by human influence is happening at an unprecedented rate. The pace has been moving faster and faster since 2000. As the human living environment continues to deteriorate, questions arise about how to prevent such extreme weather events. The National Development and Reform Commission has formulated and issued regulations: in the event of extreme weather and other extraordinary circumstances, local authorities must resolutely initiate the highest-level of response and initiate corresponding emergency measures.
Unprecedented Rains and Floods in Henan Province Pose Risks to Grain Crops
The unprecedented rains and floods hitting Henan will have severe impact on the area’s autumn grain production—especially in flood storage and detention areas. The summer grain crops have been harvested. Yet the disaster may cause serious damage to the processing, storage and transportation of summer grain. For farmers in Henan and Hebei that have finished harvesting but have not yet sold their crops, the risk of damage is still high. Some wheat has a higher risk of loss in the process of purchasing and storage.
As China’s largest producing province of summer grain, Henan accounts for nearly 10 percent of total grain production. However, Henan’s grain output this year may be severely hit. The disaster may have potential impacts on the country’s food supplies too. After the floods, local governments have made it their top priority to reduce further losses.