Shanghai to issue certificates for parent educators

By Fan Feifei
BEIJING, Oct. 24 — A registered certificate for professional parent educators will be issued by a talent evaluation and identification center in Shanghai to deal with the shortage of such expertise amid calls by analysts and experts to regulate training institutions.
According to the center, examination and training will be separated. The center will organize the registration and exams and issue the certificates. The certificate will be available online.
A parent educator refers to professionals taking up family education guidance, consultation and training.
It will be of benefit in resolving family problems, including poor communication between parents and children, children having difficulty with their classwork, juvenile delinquency and intergenerational education.
There is one professional parent educator on average for every 100 people in some developed countries of Europe and the United States, where there are about 3 million parent educators.
Peng Ruiqing, the assistant director of Shanghai Talent Training Market and Development Center, said the concept of the professional parent educator in China is still in its infancy, but that the demand for home tutoring is great.
Peng estimated that at least 5 million parent educators are needed in China in the near future.
He said in first-tier cities, such as Shanghai, parent educators can earn good salaries; 300 yuan [db:内容2]

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