In a recent interview with an official from the municipal government I was told that Chinese policy dictated that the amount spent on public education should be 2 to 3 percentage points beyond the annual growth rate. So, for example if a district grows by 10%, its education budget should be 13%. Shanghai’s hyper growth thus results in an education ministry with very deep pockets.
This was very much in evidence when touring our school’s beautiful new building used to house zhong ban and da ban (5 and 6 year olds), which Max will attend next year.
Amongst the many luxuries on display was a dedicated chess room equipped with kid sized tables, specially designed with inlaid game-boards and small drawers for all the pieces.