China steps up efforts to promote education fairness
September 07,2017   By:Xinhua

Sept.7,2017--(File photo/Chinanews.com)
BEIJING, Sept.7,2017-- A total of 425 million grants totalling nearly 700 billion yuan (107 billion U.S. dollars) were made to students from 2012 to 2016, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced Wednesday.
The sum increased from 112.6 billion yuan in 2012 to 168.9 billion yuan in 2016, a raise of nearly 50 percent.
The growing number of grants is just one aspect of improving educational equality.
On Tuesday, the General Office of the State Council moved to control the dropout rate of students.
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 these come from a few rural areas, particularly border and ethic minority regions, where poverty is a major factor, according to the MOE.
Support for rural teachers acknowledges that remote and poor areas in central and western regions are the weakest links in the education system.
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