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Sting of inflation hits campuses (2)

(Global Times)

14:18, September 14, 2011

Soaring expenses

The number of college students reached 23.56 million in 2010, compared to 3.59 million in 1998. Nowadays, college students’ daily expenses for food is 300 million yuan ($47 million) in total, according to China Youth Daily.

Since 2006, the Beijing government has made an effort to restrain price hikes at college canteens, and just in the last six months, subsidies from the Beijing government to canteens has reached 200 million yuan. Nevertheless, this still results in a monthly deficit per student of 50 yuan, according to the report.

The growing complaints from college students about price hikes have attracted the attention of the Ministry of Education (MOE), which held a two-day conference focused on college logistics in Ji’nan, Shandong Province, attended by representatives from colleges in more than 20 provinces.

During the meeting, Lu Xin, vice-minister of MOE, required that colleges strengthen their financial support for logistics departments, which includes food, with special emphasis on children from poverty-stricken areas.

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