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China to spend 3 bln yuan in after-school education
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11:06, April 13, 2009

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China's central government will pool three billion yuan (about 44.12 U.S. dollars) of lottery earnings to support the building and operation of after-school facilities, said an action plan released by the Information Office of the State Council on Monday.

"After-school education will be expanded", according to the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010). It said that every county (district) across the country will have one venue for after-school activities to guarantee the right of minors to after-school education by 2010.

The plan said that priority will be given to compulsory education and rural education; vocational education will be developed with great efforts, and the quality of higher learning will be enhanced; after-school education will be promoted, so as to guarantee the citizens' right to equal schooling.

The nine-year compulsory education will be comprehensively implemented to achieve a net enrollment rate of 99 percent in elementary schools, gross enrollment rate of 98 percent in junior high schools, and retention rate of 95 percent for students during three years of junior high school, according to the plan.

The efforts to eliminate illiteracy among young and middle-aged people will continue, to cut the illiteracy rate among them to below 4 percent, said the plan.

The state will make sure that almost all the children of migrant workers will receive nine-year compulsory education, children in medium-sized and large cities and economically developed areas will receive three years of pre-school education, and the number of rural children receiving one-year pre-school education will be increased markedly, according to the plan.


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