China Tightens Regulation for Online Education
The past five years witnessed a boom in the online education sector in China, and the rapid expansion is attributable to consumers’ love of the internet, the continued growth of the middle class combined with the high regard in which education is held in China. However, the online education regulatory regime has not matched the sector’s speedy development. The regulations remain fragmented and spread across a variety of regulations that govern online activities more generally. Curiously for a business that combines two highly sensitive areas of the Chinese economy-the internet and education-online education was only first officially addressed in 2018. To some extent the PRC regulators are catching up as they have issued a slew of regulations in order to better regulate online education. The regulations acknowledge the hybrid nature of online education as a number of different authorities are cooperating in building the regulatory framework.