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Chongqing Offers Free Training to Men Who Want to Be Preschool Teachers

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Chongqing will fund the training of 77 male nursery teachers to address the gender imbalance in the municipality's kindergartens.

According to a government notice released on April 21, the 77 candidates will receive five years of free training and be given a cash allowance during this period, news portal reported Wednesday.

According to the notice, these teachers will be required to work in the kindergartens to which they are assigned for at least six years after their training ends.

During their training, they will be forbidden from changing their majors.

The men will be chosen by the Chongqing Vocational College of Culture and Arts from among the city's junior high school graduates, read the notice.

The 77 trainees will study a variety of courses at the college including physical training and computer skills.

The college said on its official website that all the men will receive jobs in the public sector after their training, which the school says will guarantee them a stable income and good benefits.

Currently, China's preschools are mostly staffed by women.

"Women account for approximately 92 percent of those studying preschool education at Zhengzhou Normal University," a teacher at the Henan Province institution was quoted as saying by news portal

Chongqing's move is in contrast to the ongoing public prejudice against male nursery teachers in China.

"My relatives told me that if I chose to major in preschool education, I can't find a girlfriend and support my family," an intern at a kindergarten in Deyang, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, was quoted as saying by the Sichuan Daily in a May 2016 report.

"It is not good to lack male teachers, as kids will not develop characteristics from both genders," Yu Ling, the head of Chengdu No.16 Kindergarten was quoted as saying in the Sichuan Daily report.

(Source: China Daily)

Educational authorities in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality issued a new policy to provide free training for male students in normal colleges so as to improve the shortage of male teachers. [X ...

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Reply Report HailChina! 2017-4-30 12:00
This is good news. I heard recently that only 4% of childcare workers in Australia are male. The Australian childcare workers went on strike recently for national women's day because it is thought that the fact that childcare is a traditionally female job is the reason for the low pay. The Australian childcare workers are calling for professional pay which is good in my opinion because early childhood education is very important with the formative years being so critical to an individuals development. I used to work in childcare and I stopped doing it partly because of the low pay. I looked recently and the most a childcare centre director can make in Australia is not much more than 100k a year which is way too low - and regular childcare workers generally make less than workers like cleaners which is utterly ridiculous. With the big push for gender pay equality soon male childcare workers may be able to afford girlfriends, which will be good.
Reply Report seneca 2017-5-17 10:45
Do the authorities bribe these young men by don't of paying their education while women have to study at their own expense? I wholeheartedly welcome any good intentions to lure male teachers into kindergartens and schools. And why not as nurses to hospitals. But to achieve this, Chinese society needs to overcome its chauvinist reflexes that militate against men working in such occupations.
Reply Report baosen284 2018-8-8 20:51
Chongqing is special, typically, the gender ratio imbalance contribute the demand of male kindergarten teachers surging in recent years .
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