Feb. 28, 2018 -- Students read at a primary school in the Gongshan Derung and Nu autonomous county, Yunnan province. The area is among the places suffering from extreme poverty to which educational funds will be diverted. (Photo: Xinhua/Yan Zongyou)
Feb. 28, 2018 -- As China steps up its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty through allocating more educational resources to poverty-stricken areas, the goal is for no child in China to be prevented from attending school because of poverty by 2020, the Ministry of Education said on Tuesday.
New educational funds, programs and policies will support places where extreme poverty persists－including the Tibet autonomous region, parts of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and the provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan and Gansu－to help markedly elevate educational standards in rural China by 2020, according to a guideline published on the ministry's official website.
"The country will establish records on each child's education situation in these areas as the basis for targeted poverty alleviation through financial input and policy support," the guideline said.
Each county in such areas should also keep records on educational resource shortages, including facilities and teachers.
Each township should have at least one public kindergarten, while each prefecture-level city should be equipped with at least one vocational school within the next two years, according to the guideline.
Students from poor families will enjoy priority enrollment at local vocational schools. They will also be given preferential treatment in future internships and job recommendations.