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Rural school pupils drop to 10-year low


16:24, November 20, 2012

The number of rural school pupils has dropped to a ten year low with more than 60 schools closing every day, a report on countryside learning revealed.

From 2000 to 2010, some 63 primary schools, 30 teaching schools and 3 junior schools closed on average every day in the countryside.

The statistics, released by the Education Institute of Beijing Institute of the Technology and the 21st Century Education Research Institute Research Institute - held from November 17 to 18 in Beijing - raised fears about literacy levels in rural areas.

From 2000 to 2010, the number of countryside primary school pupils decreased by 37.8 percent while the number of junior students decreased by 26.97 percent.

More than 300,000 countryside schools and learning institutes closed over the same period, while 10,600 junior schools closed.

The report claimed the decline of the school-aged population has led to the decline of rural schools, with many parents migrating to cities to find work.

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