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Living on a mountain adds to the problem of finding a good school. Our nearest town is 40 minutes' drive away. Should my daughter be a boarder, like the other six year olds?

By Mark Kitto   October 2008

Boarding school starts at six

If there is one problem with my family’s idyllic life on this picturesque Chinese mountain, it is a typical one for parents: finding a good school for the children.

After much agonising we chose the Moganshan Foreign Language School, in our nearest town, Wukang, 40 minutes’ drive away. Its abbreviated Chinese name translates as “Mofor.” Isabel, our eldest at six, is now in her second month there. In her first week I discovered that the “foreign language” moniker is a gimmick to attract upwardly mobile townsfolk. None of the teachers seems capable of conversing in…

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