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China approves new measures to narrow education gap


13:31, August 31, 2012

BEIJING, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- The State Council, China's Cabinet, on Wednesday approved a string of new measures to narrow the gap in fundamental educational levels between the nation's urban and rural areas.

China has provided children with universal access to fundamental education, or the nine-year compulsory education system that covers elementary and junior high education, but the quality of education differs among regions and schools, according to an executive meeting of the State Council presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao.

Promoting a balanced and quality fundamental education will be a primary task for the nation in the coming years, according to the meeting.

According to the new measures approved, the government will raise educational investment in rural or poverty-hit areas.

Educational facilities in rural schools such as books, laboratory equipment, accommodations and cafeterias will be improved, and excellent teachers will be encouraged to go to rural schools in order to ensure the equal allocation of educational resources.

Education must be quality-oriented, and schools should guide students to develop in all areas and nurture their sense of social responsibility and creativity rather than weigh them down with classes and homework, according to the measures.

Left-behind children, the children of migrant workers and orphans should be guaranteed equal rights in receiving education.

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