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China issues plan to improve village teachers' capability

(Xinhua)    14:57, June 08, 2015
Xie Bihua closes a window of the classroom of the primary school in the remote mountain area of Wumeng in Dougu Township, southwest China's Guizhou Province, May 28, 2015. Xie, the only teacher of the Waying branch of the Guankou Primary School in Dougu Township, has taken care of about 20 pupils in the primary school for six years, during which he not only passed on knowledge to them, but also be responsible for their daily life. Located in the remote mountain area, the school was set up for pupils' convenience, who otherwise would have had to walk for more than two hours to school. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)

BEIJING, June 8 -- China will push to improve and increase the number of village teachers, according to a recently published five-year plan.

The General Office of the State Council published a plan to address the short-comings of China's education system in rural and remote areas of western and central regions.

The plan said the issue was of strategic importance and should be addressed with comprehensive efforts. It is aimed at building a capable and dedicated teaching staff for rural areas.

It called for improvement of professional ethics and new channels for recruiting village teachers.

Living standards for those teaching in rural areas should also be raised.

The document stipulated more favorable policies for village teachers concerning professional ranks, training and an honor system.

It urged local governments to implement the measures while strengthening input and supervision.

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