The Policies of China for Computers in Education

  • Jief Zhang
Part of the Technology-Based Education Series book series (TBES, volume 1)


New China, founded in 1949, established a centralized and hierarchical system of education. The most authoritative body, the State Educational Commission, makes all the educational decisions in the country, which subordinate units carry out. The spread of computers into China’s system occurred rapidly. In 1984, when only a few schools had experimented with any kind of computer use, the leader of China made a public remark about computers and children that created a popular campaign almost overnight. With little preparation, thousands of computers were put into the schools, and many now lay idle. Introducing computers into education has also tended to widen the gaps between the rich and poor areas and the cities and countrysides. These concerns and others are being addressed in a program that outlines goals and means for improvement by the year 2000.


Gross Domestic Product Educational Software Computer Education Chinese Education Senior Secondary School 


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