According to research reported by China Youth Daily on June 26, the education gap between urban and rural areas is increasing even faster than differences in economic development, despite central government efforts.
Drop-out rates in 17 rural middle schools were recorded by the survey. The highest rate was 74 percent, and the average 43 percent. One goal of the national nine-year compulsory education policy is to reduce it to less than 3 percent.
Schools in many rural areas had three classes in grade one, two in grade two and only one in grade three…
In cities, only 2 percent of primary school leavers were not enrolled in middle school, compared to 10 percent in rural areas.