China's labor force lags behind in higher education

15:03, May 21, 2010      

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China labor force is displaying an obvious and disheartening trend: workers are becoming younger and less educated. Out of the total labor force in China, almost 80 percent have an education level under or equivalent to junior high school, more than 13 percent have a high school level education and only 7 percent have college degrees or higher, according to the "Trend and Estimation on China's Labor Force Report" released on May 19, by China's Population and Development Advisory Council under China's Population and Development Research Team.

The report recommended that the Chinese government should implement a comprehensive development strategy that makes the development of human beings as priority and explore the demographic dividend in the coming 20 years.

In order to control and reduce infectious, occupational and endemic diseases, the government should also strengthen health education development and form an equal system of public health that places prevention first, the report said.

In addition, the report recommends that the Chinese government should optimize the allocation of education resources, extend the period of compulsory education, promote the balanced development of education, develop high school as well as vocational and technical education, strengthen the training of on-the-job staff and train laborers to cope with the changing nature of industry and continually further their education.

By People's Daily Online


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