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Help to vocational schools aids students

By Luo Wangshu and Zheng Xin  (China Daily)

08:38, February 28, 2012

Students compete in the skills needed to handle a machine with their eyes covered at the No 2 Vocational School of Jinan, Shandong province, on Feb 18. (Chen Ning / for China Daily)

BEIJING - The government is considering providing more subsidies to poor students at vocational schools in order to meet the country's rising demand for qualified technical workers, an educational official said.

"We aim to allocate more money to support vocational schools, to spare more poor students the burden of tuition," Zhang Guangming, director of the China National Center for Student Assistance Administration, told China Daily.

There are 3.95 million vocational school students with family financial difficulties who benefited from the tuition-free policy in 2011, which accounted for 20 percent of enrolled students in the vocational sector in China. Exempted tuition fees amounted to as much as 7.9 billion yuan ($1.25 billion), according to Zhang.

"Policy on subsidizing students with financial difficulties in vocational schools has improved in 2010 and 2011," Zhang said.

"In 2010, we provided our tuition-free benefit policy to poor students from cities, not just to ones from rural areas," Zhang added.

In addition, many students benefited from State grants. More than 9 million students received grants of 13.6 billion yuan in 2011.

"I hope that more students can receive one more level of education after graduating from middle school and not be rushed into work, regardless of their family financial situation," Zhang added.

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PD User at 2012-02-2924.18.24.*
Bravo! This is an excellent sugguestion. High quality vocational school (HQVS)in China is long overdue. HQVS is essential for all people who want to learn a skill. They can go to work earn a living. In many occasion HQVS student can do the job as good as a four years college. Eventually they are the next line of the engineer level workers. I hope this suggestion can be materialized as soon as possible.
Peter at 2012-02-2924.87.27.*
This is one of the best investment a country can make. To teach girls and boys how to use their minds and hands to do things the right way is essential in the quest to modernize. It will be of benefit to them for a life- time.
ming at 2012-02-2861.90.87.*
High quality Vocational school is very essential for people that can"t afford to study in University. So this vocation school can train them to rapidly earn money (income) to support their living and for better future in working or even for further study. High quality vocational school is very good for China. Finally all people have skill and have works.

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