BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhaunet) -- Most parents believe kindergarten tuitions are too high but there is nothing they can do about it, a recent survey found.
More than 90 percent said preschool should be included in the free compulsory education laws and more than 70 percent believed more public kindergartens should be opened.
About 64 percent of the 10,400 young parents who responded to a China Youth Daily online survey last week said high tuition is the biggest obstacle to their children's enrollment.
Among them is 29-year-old Beijinger Liu Jingjing, a homemaker who believed she could not get her 2-year-old into a decent preschool.
"I've talked to several public kindergartens, which all told me the annual tuition will be around 10,000 yuan ($1,500), but I believe the total could be even more," Liu said.
"Even if we could afford it, our son probably couldn't get in. Good kindergartens usually consider their employees' kids first and those of their connections next, leaving only a few positions remaining."
Hu Hua, director of the experimental kindergarten affiliated with the China Women's University, said the problem is greater demand for, than supply of, kindergartens - an imbalance intensified by the influx of young parents to metropolises.