From 2006, primary and high school students in China’s poor western
region no longer need to pay their school
fees. Instead, students from families with financial
difficulties will receive 300 yuans of allowance each year.
Many children previously forced to quit school have returned
to the classroom.
The things are improving for the tertiary students too.
According to the new policy, once they have served as a hands-on
worker in a poor western region for a minimum three years,
they’ll be no longer required to pay back the high education
A spokesman for China’s Education Ministry said recently
that the goal of the Chinese education is to offer an equal
opportunity in education for all children, those in urban
areas and in countryside, and those from affluent families
and of poor background.
It is a 180 degree u turn of China’s education policy. Last
year a response by the same spokesman to the question regarding
sky rock high school fees caused a great public fury. He
was reportedly said that education is a business and that
if you don’t have much money you shouldn’t think of going
to a good school.
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