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Shandong: No efforts spared to improve education in rural areas

2017/10/11 16:02:48   source:sdchina.com

Shandong has made solid progress since the plan on improving conditions of schools in compulsory education in poverty-stricken areas carried out in 2016. Shandong Provincial Government said on the press conference today that 68.23 percent of the plan has been finished and 564 schools in total have been newly built or rebuilt.

According to the plan, Shandong expects to invest 1.728 billion yuan in renovating 661 schools to improve the basic conditions for running school in an all-around way. Director-General of Shandong Provincial Education Department Zuo Min said Shandong has invested 1.179 billion yuan according to the plan which has not only improved the basic conditions of those schools but provided needy children with better material conditions.

Preschool education is one of the short boards of education in impoverished areas. Data show that the gross kindergarten enrollment rate in Shandong is approximately 85 percent, which means that 15 percent school-age children cannot receive preschool education. Most of these uneducated children are from poor areas and poor families.

To combat the problem, Shandong has implemented the universal preschool education project in poor areas which covers all kindergartens in need of construction in key province-supported poor villages, said Zuo Min. Shandong plans to build and rebuild 1,400 kindergartens in those villages by 2018, with 1,186 completed, 84.7 percent of the plan.

Some rural schools have the same or even more advanced teaching facilities than urban schools, but the level of teaching in rural areas is far below that in urban areas. For this, Shandong released a plan to support teacher team construction in key province-supported poor villages.

Moreover, Shandong gives more favorable conditions to rural schools and teachers when evaluating Qilu Star Teachers, Qilu Star Headmasters and Special-class Teachers. 18 country teachers and 20 rural school headmasters stand out from the selection of the 3rd Qilu Star Teachers and the 2nd Qilu Star Headmasters respectively. In the list of 2017 Shandong Provincial Special-class Teachers, 71 teachers winning the title are from rural schools.

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