Well it's really not a whim, per se.
Parents have been complaining about costs, and as one person said, teachers are well known to have "private" classes for the test material, because, as far as I hear it, the test material isn't exactly the same as the material taught in class/books, etc.
And they charge some insane prices...u ever wonder how all these teachers are driving those nice fancy cars?!??! haha
And the govt is hoping this will increase births, I think most think this is foolish.
Perhaps there's an ulterior
And this is not an ALL at once action.
I just heard from my buddy in Nanchong, second largest city in Sichuan, they are not starting there, but perhaps in some time. He said they talked with the education bureau and they want to see how it works out in CD first...
Perhaps this is what is happening in Shanghai and other places as well.
Reminds me of when BJ handed down a bunch of new restrictions for teachers, and it backfired, the schools couldn't get teachers.
It will be a slow phasing out of English, under the guise of other subjects as well, is my guess, but also to help relieve pressure on parents and the cost burdens...and I suppose the corruption of the teachers and headmasters, if it is to be considered corruption.
Seems they are missing some of the main culprits of this education setup, but don't govts usually do??