Concerns over lingering pandemic prevent parents from sending their children overseas

The number of pupils from the Chinese mainland enrolled in British private schools has fallen sharply this academic year, despite the United Kingdom remaining one of the favorite overseas study destinations for the students.

A total of 8,588 pupils from the mainland were registered in British independent schools in 2021.Of those, 6,033 have parents living outside the UK, according to the Independent School Council, a nonprofit organization representing more than 1,300 independent schools in the UK and overseas.

The number of Chinese mainland enrollments represented a 21 percent year-on-year drop from 10,864 pupils. The drop in the number of mainland students with parents living outside the UK was even more noticeable, at 27.23 percent.

In 2021, pupils from the Chinese mainland accounted for 15.78 percent of non-British pupils compared with 18.52 percent the previous years.

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