FIX-UPDATE 1-Beijing City Draft Rules Ban Preschool Tutoring Apps

(Corrects fourth paragraph to show that a ministry notice suspending tutoring applications was issued in December, not Sunday, and was directed at high school students, not middle school.)

BEIJING, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Beijing city authorities released draft rules on Wednesday banning preschool tutoring apps for elective subjects, extending a crackdown on the private, for-profit education sector.

The rules are the latest aimed at reducing stress and workload for Chinese children. The Ministry of Education issued a notice on Tuesday prohibiting kindergarten teachers from using corporal punishment or any behavior harmful to the physical and mental health of preschool children.

The notice also prohibited preschool teachers from teaching primary school content in advance and ordered them to ensure that the children in their care spend at least two hours a day outside the classroom. class and an hour of exercise.

This week’s measures aimed at preschoolers followed a ministry notice in December that ordered the suspension of all tutoring apps for primary and secondary school students.

(Reporting by Ella Cao and Eduardo Baptista in Beijing; Editing by Tom Hogue and Stephen Coates)

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