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The picture shows the Beijing branch of Harrow School, which has now been renamed “Reed School of Chaoyang District, Beijing”. (N509FZ/Wikipedia)

Under CCP regulations, many long-established British educational institutions have been forced to change the names of their Chinese branch campuses. The regime’s tightening regulations have also exacerbated many international schools’ concerns about their Chinese market.

According to the Financial Times, Christopher King, chief executive of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools in the United Kingdom, said schools were becoming “increasingly cautious” about participating in Chinese programs.

“The overall situation appears to be becoming increasingly unfavourable, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to see how CCP China can reassure schools expressing their historic vision locally,” he said.

Last year, the CCP authorities tightened oversight of private education institutions, effectively eradicating the multibillion-dollar supplementary education industry, closing a large number of education and training institutions, and displacing millions of related personnel. Furthermore, the government has specifically tightened restrictions on foreign courses.

According to regulations announced last year, schools enrolling Chinese students and providing compulsory education are not permitted to use foreign names or words in their school names, such as “international” or “global.” Many international and bilingual schools were forced to change their names as a result of this regulation.

In China, compulsory education refers to the nine-year educational period that begins in primary schools.

Last month, the 450-year-old Harrow School was forced to rename the Harrow Beijing branch “Reed School in Chaoyang District, Beijing” due to increased control.

Harrow School is one of the UK’s nine major public schools. Over the years, it has produced a plethora of talents. Lord Byron, Winston Churchill, and Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, are among the famous alumni.

Harrow Beijing is a branch of Hong Kong’s Asia International School Limited, which was founded by Hong Kong-based oil industrialist Daniel Chiu and now operates schools in cities such as Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai with permission from Harrow School.

According to an Asian International School representative, only Harrow Beijing has changed its name at this time. Harrow Bilingual schools in other regions will continue to use the British school brand, but if local officials ask them to change their name, they will “compliance.”

In addition, Dipont Education Group’s “Wuxi Nanwai King’s International School” renamed itself “Wuxi Dipont Arts and Sciences School” in January, dropping the name of its partner, King’s College School, Wimbledon.

In November, the Westminster School in the United Kingdom abandoned plans to open a series of colleges in China after the CCP prohibited private schools from using foreign courses and textbooks to educate Chinese citizens. At the time, the change was regarded as one of the most dramatic reversals in Chinese international education.

Comment: Worse, the use and learning of the English language is now prohibited in schools. This is the CCP that boasted about being the leader in globalization.

Link of the source article: hk.epochtimes.com