"With competition being so strong, schools are often in a position where they have to comply with the parents' wishes. If the parents ask for English classes, the schools will find a way of providing them, or the parents will go elsewhere," Lin said.
Lin said that due to parental demands, another trend was that Web cameras were being installed in classrooms. By keying in a pin number, parents have become "Big Brothers" of the kindergarten world, keeping teachers on a short leash.
"This puts an enormous amount of pressure on teachers, some of whom feel like they're being judged and spied on. It can also cause misunderstandings, since parents can only see images and aren't able to hear what's going on," she said.
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"Parents are too busy these days to teach their children, some don't even know how. They treat kindergartens like a babysitting facility," she said.
With such a huge kindergarten market, Lin urged parents to choose schools carefully and think about what was best for their child's development, rather than be swayed by some school's slick marketing and sales pitches.
Lin said that parents should obtain details about a school, such as whether it is licensed or not, from local education authorities.