The low birth rate has exacerbated the problem of underenrollment in kindergartens. A survey by the Federation of Educational Education found that the enrollment of half-day and full-day kindergartens has dropped by nearly a quarter. More than 70% of the kindergartens surveyed reported that the number of enrollments has decreased due to the decline in the birth rate in the region. 90% of the schools expect to reduce their enrollment in the coming year The number of births will continue to decline.
The Federation of Churches predicts that the tide of kindergarten graduation will continue, and there may be as many as 3 digits of kindergarten graduation in the next school year. Zhu Guoqiang, the vice president of the association, suggested to assist kindergartens by increasing the amount of subsidy for student units. In the long run, we should start from the direction of formulating population policies , Encourage fertility and improve the low birth rate.
Whole-day kindergartens have an average reduction of 19 students
In December last year, the Federation of Churches conducted a survey on the management of kindergartens and received responses from nearly 229 kindergartens. It was found that due to factors such as the decline in birth rate, the epidemic situation, and immigration, compared with 2021, the number of half-day kindergartens has decreased by an average of 23 students. In full-day schools, the average number of students decreased by 19, and the total enrollment dropped by nearly a quarter. The situation is grim.
Immigration, birth rate drop and pandemic impact on admissions
72% of the kindergartens surveyed believe that the decline in the birth rate is the main reason for the decrease in enrollment. Hu Shaowei, vice president of the Federation of Churches, pointed out that the birth rate has continued to decline in the past five years, from more than 50,000 babies born in 2019 to about 30,000 babies born last year. It is foreseeable that kindergarten enrollment will continue to decline.
Lin Cui-ling, vice-chairman of the Federation of Educational Education, pointed out that in the past two years, kindergartens have closed due to insufficient enrollment. Last year alone, about 20 kindergartens closed down. Faced with a sharp drop in students, the early childhood education industry is expected to continue to experience closures. 90% of the kindergartens interviewed were not optimistic, and believed that the number of K1 enrollments in the coming year would continue to decline. Lin Cuiling also expressed that there would be three-digit kindergarten closures in the coming year, and hoped that this would not happen.
In addition, the schools interviewed also reported that 60% of the kindergartens will reduce the number of full-time teachers due to the sharp reduction in resources provided by the government. On average, each school will reduce the number of teachers by 2 to 3, and 52% of the schools believe that they will continue to reduce the number of teachers in the coming year , 42% of kindergartens are expected to freeze their salaries, and some kindergarten teachers are even hired on a part-time basis.
According to the Federation of Educational Education, most kindergartens rely on the subsidy of the student unit to operate, and the drop in enrollment has put pressure on school operations. More than 90% of the schools hope to increase the subsidy of the student unit. Zhu Guoqiang, vice president of the Federation of Education The industry needs, and in the long run, it should start with the formulation of population policies, encourage births, and improve the low birth rate. Lin Cui-ling also pointed out that the problem of insufficient birth rate needs to be dealt with across departments. The problem of insufficient enrollment and operating difficulties in kindergartens.
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