Education can´t be run by the market economy

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source: Ou Zhou Shi Bao (Nouvelles d´Europe), 15 June 2006, page 10 (Mainland China)
posted: 2006-06-20

China Education Development Foundation chairman and former deputy minister of education, Zhang Baoqing, said on June 12 that education is at first public property, and that China must by no means manage education through market economy.
"Developing education can only be based on government, and therefore, the government must spend the money."

At the China Science and Humanities Forum 47th reporting session, hosted by the China Academy of Science´s post-graduates in the Great Hall of the People on June 12, Zhang Baoqing said this in his Some reflections about the problems of education speech.

This former high-ranking official, known for his bluntness, said in his analysis that education needed to provide the construction of a market economy with talents and systematic support, but that its more important mission was to further progress of society as a whole. Although the market economy could indeed build a highly-developed, substantial culture, it could not solve ethical problems.

Education was, first of all, a public property, Zhang said. Now this was acknowledged globally as sort of public property. Why "sort of"? This was because some areas of education hadn´t yet achieved the requirements to public property, and to make it really publicly owned still took certain processes.
Zhang Baoqing explained: "I said in the past that education can´t become an industry, and I say now that it can´t be managed by market economy standards." China´s market economy needed education, he said, but education could not be managed by the market economy.

Zhang Baoqing also thinks that China´s education still has three other deep administrative problems, including "education´s place in the whole process of modernization", "problems with educating according to the peoples´ needs", and "putting education into practice."

Zhang Baoqing´s greatest worry is how, under the conditions of a market economy, to solve the problems with education according to the peoples´ needs, and to put education into practice. He says that problems in these fields are many, such as impulsive action, resorting to fraud, dishonesty, and selfishness, really dim senses of responsibility, and other problems.