It is widely acknowledged that better educated parents have children who tend to do better in the classroom than those of less educated counterparts. But is it justified for the school to only accept students of well-educated parents?|
A private school in Guangzhou has apologized after saying it would only accept students whose parents are university graduates.
Canadian Foreign Language School, a bilingual institute in the Guangdong provincial capital, posted the message on WeChat and on an electronic display board at its entrance on Friday.
The message led to outrage among netizens, with some accusing the school of class discrimination.
"We sincerely apologize," the school said in a statement on Tuesday. "Our intention was to introduce quality education with a win-win for the school and for families. Considering various actual conditions, we withdrew the notice on the day."
The school, part of the Canadian International Educational Organization, which was set up in 2000, provids primary school and junior high school education in Guangzhou.
The education authority in Panyu district said private schools do have the autonomy to decide which students they accept, but it added that Canadian Foreign Language School’s message was against the principle of equality.