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China newly injects 4.4 billion yuan into western education
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14:25, November 25, 2008

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China will newly injects an investment of 4.4 billion yuan in the fourth quarter of this year to improve education in China's central and western regions, according to a press conference held by the Ministry of Education on Nov. 24.

The 4.4 billion yuan will be mainly targeted at the improvement of education in the rural areas of the central and western regions, with the focus on the construction of hardware facilities. Over 2,000 schools and more than 1 million students will benefit from the project.

Three billion yuan out of the funds will be earmarked for school renovation in rural areas with over 1,600 schools being set up or renovated. The project will provide accommodation for more than 400,000 resident students.

One billion yuan will be used to strengthen the basic fundamentals of secondary vocational education, primarily referring to the schools' building and expansion, while also providing teaching equipment. Nearly 360 schools will benefit from this.

Four hundred million yuan will be earmarked for the building of schools for special education, including classrooms, rehabilitation training rooms and accommodation. 120 such special education schools are expected to be set up.

By People's Daily Online

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