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Calls to spend school funds wisely (3)

By Shan Juan (China Daily)

09:24, March 14, 2012

Children of elites go to schools with qualified teachers and good infrastructures while those from relatively poor families could only enter substandard ones, he claimed.

To address the issue, Li Heping, deputy director of education bureau of Anhui province, said more funding should be directed at the current weak links, such as compulsory education in rural areas and vocational education.

"Also, less developed regions in central and western China should get more help," he said.

Guangdong promotes equal education

Guangdong will increase budgets for education in coming years as the southern province gears up to balance educational development in its rural and urban areas and promote equal education between migrant workers and local residents.

Local government spending on education in the province will account for about 20 percent of the total fiscal expenditure this year, said Luo Weiqi, director of the Guangdong provincial education bureau.

Guangdong's spending on education is expected to account for 25 percent of its total fiscal expenditure by 2015, according to Luo.

"The expenditure will be mainly used to improve basic educational facilities and develop better teacher resources in rural areas," Luo said.

Guangdong, an economic powerhouse in South China, plans to invest more than 180 billion yuan ($28.5 billion) in improving people's livelihoods and promoting equal access to public services, including education and health, in rural areas this year, sources with the local government said.

"We will also increase expenditures on education for migrant workers to promote equal education with local residents," Luo said.

The province, which has a population of some 20 million migrant workers, currently spends more than 50 billion yuan each year to promote migrant workers' education, Luo said. By the end of last year, more than 1.6 million migrant workers had received higher education in the province.

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