Thurs­day Min­istry's stu­dent grants rise nearly 50 per­cent

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A to­tal of 425 mil­lion grants cost­ing $107 bil­lion were made to stu­dents from 2012 to 2016, an in­crease of nearly 50 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The Gen­eral Of­fice of the State Coun­cil moved to con­trol the dropout rate of stu­dents with the grants.

By 2020, the per­cent­age of stu­dents who drop out of school dur­ing the nine-year com­pul­sory ed­u­ca­tion pe­riod is set to fall to less than 5 per­cent.

The dropout rate stood at 6.6 per­cent in 2016. Most of those who dropped out come from ru­ral ar­eas, par­tic­u­larly bor­der and eth­nic-group re­gions, where poverty is a ma­jor fac­tor, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

Sup­port for ru­ral teach­ers ac­knowl­edges that re­mote and poor ar­eas in cen­tral and western re­gions are the weak­est links in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. Poverty re­lief work is also stem­ming the num­ber of stu­dents who drop out of school for fi­nan­cial rea­sons.

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