Dreams die young for China’s private tutors as jobs vanish under sudden crackdown

Julie Tian was happy to work hard, and was paid well for it. But that was then.The former English teacher at a private tutoring company in Beijing now spends most of her time on the sofa, doing little all day except checking WeChat messages, only to learn that more of her ex-colleagues are leaving the once-promising sector.Tian, 26, was among the first batch laid off by China’s tens of thousands of off-campus tutoring companies, as a strict, unprecedented clampdown kicked in and upended the US…