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Educational Administration
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China administers the largest educational system in the world. In 1997, there were 233 million (2006: 238 million) students in around 900,000 (2006: 558,409) schools (not including the 70 million students in the informal educational sector). Until the early 1980s, the educational system was, as is normal in socialist societies, strongly centralized, although this centralization reached down only to the county level. Below the county level, the local administration was responsible for local educa…

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Kai-ming, Cheng, “Educational Administration”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 24 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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