Assisted teachers reminded of pledge

09:08, May 28, 2010      

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China's education authorities warned on Wednesday that they will enforce contracts to ensure teacher graduates fulfil their commitment to work in rural schools after receiving free tuition.

The first batch of State-funded normal college students are due to graduate next year and the Ministry of Education is expecting provincial authorities to employ them.

Song Yonggang, vice-director of the ministry's department of teacher education, told a press conference that provincial governments must see to it that such students are employed, quoting a government circular.

"If a province fails to do so, the ministry will cut its quota of college enrollment by the ministry affiliated normal universities," said Song.

The scheme to train normal school students for free began in 2007. The students sign contracts with universities that after graduation they will teach at primary and secondary schools in their home-towns.

Song said the ministry would supervise the fulfillment of contracts. Defaulters would have to repay tuition fees and a fine.

Source: Global Times

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