Admittedly, compared with the national average level, the quality of education in Hainan is still striving to catch up. That is why there is an agreement between the Hainan Provincial Government and National Education Ministry to improve education in Hainan Province to the average national level by 2015. The agreement is “the Strategic Cooperation Agreement on Accelerating the Development of Education in Hainan Province and Promotion of the Projects of Developing Hainan International Tourism Island”
Being the second-largest city in Hainan, the education in Sanya is relatively better than the average level in Hainan Province.
Kindergarten education in Sanya
Compared with other major Chinese cities, kindergarten education in Sanya is still on its way to developing into a desirable level. The local government is making great effort to improve the kindergarten education in Sanya.
There are only 2 public kindergartens and 53 private kindergartens. And there is only one kindergarten that meets the standard of being a first-class kindergarten of Hanai Province. It is expected that the number of children who attend kindergartens will rise from the current figure of 12.2 thousands to 27 thousands in 2015. The proportion of children who attend kindergartens in Sanya is merely around 62%. The proportion of children who attend kindergartens in downtown area is higher, with more children spending at least some time in kindergarten between the ages of three and six. It is a general principle that children who have attended a reputable kindergarten will more easily attain a spot in a good primary school. However, despite the relatively expensive fees charged at the best kindergartens, places are often difficult to secure. In good reputable kindergartens, usually there are entrance examinations designed to test children’s coordination, verbal development, simple counting, and the recognition of shapes.
The quality of kindergartens varies. Usually, the best kindergartens are operated by governmental education bureaus, and the admission criteria are very stringent. The majority of urban day-care-only kindergartens are run by the residents' committees. The equipment is simpler and their staff less highly trained than in the elite kindergartens.
The subjects taught include language, arithmetic, music, art, and physical education. There is great improvement in learning through play approach. Kindergartens also teach children the traditional Chinese virtues like being modest, unselfish, cooperative, brave and polite. Children also need to learn to distinguish between good and bad, have the awareness of protecting the environment, and help each other. The remaining class hours are absorbed by physical education, music, art. Increasingly, foreign languages, particularly English, have become optional courses. The remaining class hours are absorbed by physical education, music, art. Increasingly, English has become optional courses. Some kindergartens even claim that they can offer English-Chinese bilingual environment in day care and education. However, the quality is far from being acceptable because of the lack of qualified teachers and the relatively poor payment to teachers.
Primary and secondary education
Admittedly, compared with the national average level, the quality and development of primary and secondary education is still striving to catch up. However, significant improvements have been made in recent years.
The best public primary schools in Sanya are Sanya No.7 Primary School and Sanya No.9 Primary School. The Bayi primary school is also of good quality.
The best middle school in Sanya is Sanya Shiyan Middle School and the best high school is Sanya No.1 High School.
Higher education in Sanya
Compared with the national higher education level, the higher education in Sanya is still in its fledging state. However, with the favorable policy of the central government and local government, the future is still quite promising.
The best college in Sanya is Qiongzhou University (Sanya Campus). Qiongzhou University is a provincial state-owned university authorized by the Ministry of Education. It’s the only state-owned university in Sanya at present, also as one of the ten “Educational Aid Centers for Asia & Africa” authorized by the Ministry of Education.
Qiongzhou University (Sanya Campus)will be developed into a university with an enrollment of 15,000 undergraduates, according to the relevant educational development blueprint designed by the Ministry of Education. It will become Qiongzhou University's main campus. Currently, Qiongzhou University (Sanya Campus) has more than 8,000 students at campus.
Another relatively good private college is Sanya College. There are two other private vocational colleges in Sanya.