Chinese gov't to put pre-school education high on its agenda

09:01, November 03, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd L, front) chats with children at Hufanglu Kindergarten during an inspection over pre-school education in the downtown area of Beijng, capital of China, Nov. 2, 2010. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Tuesday stressed the importance of developing pre-school education during an inspection to two kindergartens in downtown Beijing.

Wen made the field inspection prior to the State Council hosting a conference on pre-school education policy, which had not yet been scheduled.

Wen said, the government should increase investment in pre-school education, and save enough space for kindergartens in urban planning schemes, in a bid to narrow the shortfall of kindergartens.

Wen added that, apart from infrastructures, attention should also be paid to pre-school teachers, including raising their salaries and social status and training more teachers to qualify for the job.

Wen also encouraged private investment in kindergartens, saying public and private kindergartens would have equal access to the same government policies. Wen urged private kindergartens to guarantee teachers' welfare and pensions after retirement.

Soaring kindergarten fees and shrinking access have become top concerns for parents with pre-school children in big cities such as Beijing, as the cities' population growth has outpaced the development of kindergartens.

In Beijing, a city with a population of more than 17 million, the number of kindergartens has dropped from 3,056 in 1996 to the current 1,266, according to the Municipal Commission of Education.

The problem of the shortfall in kindergartens goes back to 2000, when the government reformed the pre-school education sector, requiring many kindergartens to become commercial businesses.

【1】 【2】 【3】


  • Do you have anything to say?
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)

  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)