The PISA success of Shanghai has aroused open challenge and debate about whether the city is a “model of equity”. There have been heated debates about the education of migrant children in Shanghai. This paper analyses publicly accessible policy papers and literature to provide a contextualised interpretation of the major progress and ongoing challenges surrounding the education of migrant children in Shanghai. The paper shows the structural inequalities affecting migrant families and their children. It refers to central as well as local government policies and the constraints these policies face. The analysis shows that Shanghai remains riddled with ongoing challenges that may have been obscured by the PISA success. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
CitationQian, H., & Walker, A. (2015). The education of migrant children in Shanghai: The battle for equity. International Journal of Educational Development, 44, 74-81.
- Educational equity
- Shanghai PISA
- Migrant children