China ends school fees for 150m – BBC

 Media Images 42346000 Jpg  42346321 Afp School203B From BBC News: China is to abolish tuition and other fees for 150 million rural students, in a bid to narrow the gap between wealthy coastal provinces and poorer regions.

The students will be exempt from tuition fees over the course of their compulsory nine-year .

The move would cost 15bn yuan ($1.9bn) a year, the China Daily said, or about 140 yuan ($18) a child.

But children of rural families who have migrated to China’s booming cities will not be included.

The new policy is “part of a major move to relieve the financial burden of farmers and to develop a new countryside,” the state-owned newspaper said.

In the first phase of the programme, which took effect this spring, more than 50m students living in western provinces – some of China’s poorest – were exempted. [Full Text]

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