China will recruit another 10,000 college graduates to teach in primary and middle schools in rural areas this year, an official with the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on May 25.
The recruitment drive aims to address the shortage of teachers in deep poverty areas, in Tibet Autonomous Region, as well as Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, said Zheng Fuzhi, Assistant Minister of Education.
“Generally, there are not enough teachers in rural areas and the proportion of different kinds of teachers is not appropriate,” Zheng said.
MOE helped recruit 24,000 college graduates to teach in minority areas and in 2017, trained 500,000 teachers in such areas.
The ministry will further increase investment in education and launch more favorable policies to benefit poverty-stricken areas along with other governmental departments.
It will also make efforts to ensure the average income of teachers in primary and middle schools does not fall below that of civil servants in the same areas.