Ru­ral Teach­ers

Beijing Review - - This Week -

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.

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