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As China’s Ministry of Education (MOE) works to reduce the stress placed on students, its attention continues to be focused on the online teaching industry, which brings in an estimated $37 billion US dollars each year.1 In late 2018, the MOE began introducing new policies in an effort to regulate the ever-growing online educational industry.

The first policy, announced in 2018, requires that all online English teachers have TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA certification and hold university degrees. This closely followed the regulations set forth for brick-and-mortar after school programs, which requires schools to only hire qualified foreign teachers.

Some of foreign teachers’ personal information to be made accessible to students

New regulations announced July 12th, 2019 by the MOE take this policy a step further by requiring all online educational companies to publish clearly on their platform the personal information of their foreign teachers.2  The statement released by the MOE and five other departments “requires online education platforms to publicly display the personal information of any foreign teachers they employ, including their names, photographs, teaching qualifications, and previous academic and professional experience.” Publicly, in this case, means “visible to tutors’ own students only,” not the general public. According to Caixin Global, the MOE did this to address “public concern about online tutors’ purported qualifications and the safety of their pupils.”3

Class length to be shortened and more

Additionally, to reduce the workload and stress of students, new regulations have also been added that dictate when students can take online lessons and for how long. Now, all online English classes, as well as classes in other subjects, are required to be 40 minutes or less for all students up to grade 9. And, classes should end by 9 pm BJT and not conflict with their brick-and-mortar school time.

Online education programs in China that do not meet these requirements will be given a set amount of time to rectify any issues. Should they fail to do so within a timely manner, those companies will be blacklisted and dealt with according to the law.4

Citations for China’s Ministry of Education Introduces New Regulations For Online ESL Teaching
1 Chan, Elaine. “China Private Education Industry Is Booming despite Economic Slowdown.” South China Morning Post. March 25, 2019. Accessed July 17, 2019. https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3003163/education-education-education-chinas-private-tutoring.
2 “The New Regulations for Online Education Supervision Are Released!” 微信公众平台. July 14, 2019. Accessed July 17, 2019. https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/61uHabIeuSGgmfpMaXGcZg.
3 Runhua, Zhao. “Foreign Teachers to Be Identified Under New Government Rules.” Caixin Global – China News, Politics, Economics, Business & Finance. July 16, 2019. Accessed July 17, 2019. https://www.caixinglobal.com/2019-07-16/foreign-teachers-to-be-identified-under-new-government-rules-101440016.html.
4 “The New Regulations for Online Education Supervision Are Released!” 微信公众平台. July 14, 2019. Accessed July 17, 2019. https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/61uHabIeuSGgmfpMaXGcZg.

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Brandi G
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Very informative article. I’m curious to know what ‘public’ access entails. I know the information listed to be accessible is already provided by ALO7 to partner schools, and parents through the company. Would the level of access change? I’m just curious about what the scope of public access involves.

Barney Jones
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Barney Jones

I teach English online from the UK for a Chinese company and rely on the lessons later on in the evenings. The fact that they will have to end no later than 9pm will really affect me 🙁

Lin
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Lin

It is understandable that the parents in China do not want their students to be staying up later than 9:00 P.M. thier time. Surely. there is a time change between the UK and China. There are companies that teach on weekends. That might be what you will have to do. You know there are quite a few companies to choose from. At this point I have applied with 2 companies. The first one is supposed to in the top 5 as far as quality goes. Unfortunately, they are not great communicators. Finding out their expectations is like pulling teeth. They… Read more »

Roberta
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Roberta

I find this interesting. They don’t seem to care about the criminal history of teachers. Most online teaching platforms do not require a background check! 51Talk is notorious for this and they employ ex-felons in the United States!!!! I used to work for them, so it is true. Vipkids does backgrounds checks on all teachers which I find great. Most are working with young children. Sometimes these children are taking lessons while using the toilet or are semi-clothed. I wouldn’t want a foreigner of questionable character to teach my child. If China insists on criminal background checks for all teachers… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

Background checks might sound good but can become a burden on some who are currently living abroad. for example: First, If they allow us to use the current country for a background check it might be easy to slip the government money to have things erased, a lot of Latin America is like this. secondly, when I lost power and missed some classes, it took me over a full month, just to get the electric company to write a note saying the power went out on that day, everything here in Latin America takes a long time to get unless… Read more »

Kyle Smithers
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Kyle Smithers

I know that this will probably affect a lot of tutors since many live far from China but I am excited that they are trying to help the students. I think it is a step in the right direction.

Cynthia
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Cynthia

When do these regulations take place? Especially the time of ending at 9pm. As for TESOL, I have a company approved version for online teachers, but are the regulations now saying that a universal TESOL/TEFL is required? I currently teach for a Chinese online company, thus my interest.

Ty Unruh
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Ty Unruh

Is there any word on when ALO7 will make the transition from 50-minute lessons to the new 40-minute format? Will this necessitate ALO7 converting all 50-minute courseware to meet the new requirements?

Sharon Ruis
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Sharon Ruis

Hi, Great article but I couldn’t find any source that confirms a degree is mandatory. At present, there are some online Chinese schools that are adamant a degree is not required while other schools are laying off those without a degree. Do you know what is happening here? Thanks