More re­sources ex­pected for preschool­ers

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion said it will try to pro­vide more re­sources to preschools over the next three years to meet in­creas­ing de­mand, as the new sec­ond­child pol­icy in some prov­inces and cities in China could re­sult in added pres­sure on preschool ed­u­ca­tion.

The sec­ond-child pol­icy al­lows cou­ples to have a sec­ond child if one spouse is an only child. It is be­ing im­ple­mented in seven prov­inces and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties since the be­gin­ning of this year, in­clud­ing in the cities of Bei­jing, Shang­hai and Tian­jin as well as Zhe­jiang prov­ince. More prov­inces are ex­pected to fol­low suit this year.

By the end of 2013, the to­tal num­ber of preschools across the coun­try was 198,600, a 32 per­cent in­crease from 2010. The schools em­ployed 2.83 mil­lion teach­ers.

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