Thursday Ministry's student grants rise nearly 50 percent
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.