Xiamen University

China's basic education sector needs more funds

During the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) period, China's fiscal expenditure on education reached 4 percent of GDP (in 2012). The historical increase in expenditure has improved the condition of rural schools, narrowing the education gap and promoting equal access to education. But we should have a clear understanding of the current spending on education and how to improve the quality of education and give students equal access to education. In 1993, China's Education Reform and Development Outline decided to increase the expenditure on education to 4 percent of GDP by the

China to regulate students' wearing of school uniform

China's Ministry of Education (MOE) on Monday issued a regulation on the manufacture and use of primary and secondary school uniforms. Manufacturers of school uniforms should follow national standards on clothing quality, and schools must make sure the purchasing process is transparent, and open to public scrutiny. Although the MOE advocated that students should wear uniform, and free uniforms should be provided for those from poor backgrounds, it stipulated that schools should consult with parents on whether students should be required to wear the same clothes in school.

4 million Chinese children live in extreme poverty: study

    About 4 million pre-school children in China live in extreme poverty, a recent study showed, as observers said that direct support for poor families is essential to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Among about 36 million people in China who live in extreme poverty, 3.3 to 4 million are children aged 0 to 6 years, according to a report released by the All-China Women's Federation and National Health and Family Planning Commission. The report shows that the children suffer from malnourishment are six to eight times more likely to grow at a slower rate

Fake universities in China blacklisted on Internet

China's education authority has issued a list of the country's 2,845 authorized institutions of higher learning, creating a buzz on the Internet and in social media among students who are due to take the national college entrance exam next month. The 2,845 schools accredited by the Ministry of Education include 447 private, seven jointly run by Chinese and foreign universities, and 292 colleges for lifelong learning. Most Chinese institutions of higher learning are public. The ministry issues the list every year, partly in an effort to alert the public of unauthorized

Foreign students eye 'China experience', not just for language

A foreign student receives his degree during a graduation ceremony in Sichuan University in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, on June 24, 2014.     As an increasingly popular education market, China is attracting more foreign students every year. Popular areas of study have gradually diversified from just language study and traditional Chinese medicine to a wider range of disciplines. However, usually it's the "China experience" rather than a diploma from a Chinese university that gives foreign students competitiveness, and strict work visa requirements

China to reform education examination, enrollment system

September 1 is the first day of school for most of China's middle and primary schools.     China's top leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) appealed to reform the country's education examination and enrollment system on Friday. During the meeting presided by Chinese President and CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping, the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee called for a raise in admission rates for students from central and western parts of the country, as well as a push to enroll more students from rural areas. It also called for improved

More Chinese pupils to take part in next round of Pisa tests

Asian education systems were the highest performers in the most recent tests     There will be a much wider sample of Chinese pupils taking part in the next round of the international Pisa tests. Shanghai took part in the most recent tests and had the highest results. But there were claims that the city was not representative of schools in other parts of China. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which runs the tests has announced that Beijing, Jiangsu and Guangdong will take part, alongside Shanghai. The Pisa tests, taken

China spends RMB 15 bln annually on vocational education

The Chinese government has spent an annual average of 15 billion yuan (2.4 billion U.S. dollars) on vocational education since 2011. The money has gone on improving basic schooling conditions, teacher training and financial aid for students, vice minister of education Lu Xin told a press conference on Thursday. Rural students in secondary schools, agriculture majors in cities and students from poor families are all exempt from tuition. Vocational schools have become the main suppliers of skilled labor. Around 80 million students have graduated from vocational schools

China to allocate RMB175 billion for education in poor areas

The Chinese central government said Monday it will allocate 175 billion yuan (28 billion U.S. dollars) in the next five years to improve education in poverty-stricken areas. The appropriations are part of the authorities' efforts to balance allocation of education resources between urban and rural areas in a bid to realize equal access to education. Vice Minister of Education Liu Limin said top priority should be given to boosting education in impoverished regions to ensure timely allocation and efficient use of the funds. Figures from the Information Office of the State

Video of boy hitting, slapping grandmother on Nanjing metro sparks outrage

    A video filmed on a Nanjing subway showing a young boy slapping and hitting his grandmother with a water bottle has gone viral online, racking up over 3,000 comments from netizens. According to a Sina news report, the grandmother had just picked her grandson up from school and the two were on the way home when he flew into a fit rage and started aggressively hitting her with his thermos bottle. When she tried to grab the bottle from him, the boy became noticeably more irritated and slapped her then kicked her legs.    Netizens expressed disgust not only in

China vows to boost education for disabled children

The Chinese government has vowed to ensure that at least 90 percent of children with visual, hearing and intellectual disabilities receive primary and middle school education by the end of 2016, according to a plan publicized Monday. According to a 2014-2016 plan on improving education for learners with special needs, the country will increase investment, build more infrastructure, foster more quality teachers and reform special education curricula. The plan was jointly mapped out by seven departments, including the ministries of education, civil affairs and finance,

China drafts rules on international student enrollment

The Ministry of Education is drafting a regulation on the enrollment and instruction of international students in Chinese schools that aims to unify admission conditions and boost educational quality. The draft, open to public opinion from Friday until Feb. 3, stipulates that schools must not enroll foreign students who don't meet admission standards, haven't completed insurance procedures, or are minors who are staying in China without the company of their parents and lack entrusted custody papers. According to the draft, higher education institutes should provide

China to welcome foreign investment in tourism, education: MOC

China will encourage investment by foreign capital in the tourism, elderly care and education sectors next year, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Monday. The ministry wants foreign investors to enter "some newly developed sectors, such as rest homes, tourism and vacation properties, and properties with educational functions," Shen Danyang, spokesman for MOC, said during a press conference in Beijing. "Inviting foreign capital to join in the development of property for elderly care and tourism could add advanced experience to China's

China allocates RMB16.03 billion to boost preschool education

The Ministry of Finance on Friday said the central government has allocated 16.03 billion yuan (2.61 billion U.S. dollars) to boost preschool education. The fund will be mainly used to support kindergartens to give disadvantaged families easier access to preschool education, especially those of migrant workers or with financial difficulties, or orphans and disabled children. The central government has spent 42.24 billion yuan on preschooling since 2011 when it started to build more kindergartens and train more teachers, according to the ministry website. The ministry

Russia to make extra efforts to welcome more Chinese students

Russian educational authorities will make extra efforts to welcome Chinese students and push forward Sino-Russian cooperation in the field of education, a Russian diplomat said on Saturday. Yevgeniy Tomikhin, a diplomat with the Russian Embassy in China, made the comments at a two-day international education exhibition, which was held in Beijing and attended by more than 40 Russian institutions of higher education. "There will be promising cooperation prospects between China and Russia as educational exchange has become an important part of China-Russia