Bol­ster­ing Ed­u­ca­tion

Ori­en­tal Out­look Oc­to­ber 25

Beijing Review - - THIS WEEK PEOPLE & POINTS -

Ed­u­ca­tion has played an im­por­tant role in pro­mot­ing China’s rapid so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment over the past 40 years of re­form and open­ing up. Com­pul­sory ed­u­ca­tion is es­pe­cially im­por­tant as it serves to build value sys­tems, knowl­edge and skills. Pri­mary and sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion is crit­i­cal for a coun­try to im­prove the stan­dard of liv­ing, fur­ther so­cial and cul­tural progress and con­tinue eco­nomic gains.

To­day, a ma­jor­ity of chil­dren in China have ac­cess to nine years of com­pul­sory ed­u­ca­tion. How­ever, ed­u­ca­tion gaps be­tween dif­fer­ent re­gions still ex­ist. This is also an is­sue be­tween ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas and be­tween dif­fer­ent schools.

To bridge the ed­u­ca­tion gap, the coun­try has in­creased fi­nan­cial sup­port for schools in poor re­gions and im­proved the fi­nan­cial aid sys­tem for stu­dents from im­pov­er­ished fam­i­lies. The In­ter­net has also played an im­por­tant role in nar­row­ing the ed­u­ca­tional gap be­tween dif­fer­ent re­gions. Teach­ers and stu­dents from less de­vel­oped re­gions are able to ac­cess high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tional re­sources through live stream­ing plat­forms.

The coun­try also hopes to cul­ti­vate a more ver­sa­tile pop­u­la­tion through an

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