China allocates more subsidies for balanced compulsory education

BEIJING, May 19 (Xinhua) -- China's central government has allocated more subsidies to promote the balanced development of compulsory education and the integration of urban and rural areas for 2021, according to the Ministry of Finance.

A class meeting themed on valuing food is held in Furong Primary School in Hefei, east China's Anhui Province, Oct. 15, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhou Mu)

This year's funding reached 173.93 billion yuan (about 27 billion U.S. dollars) to support compulsory education, up by 2.5 percent year on year. In rural areas, programs of special-post rural teachers and better nutrition for students would be further promoted, said the ministry.

The ministry pledged coordinated efforts with other authorities to ensure the subsidies would consolidate the gains in securing compulsory education. In particular, school-age children and adolescents from families that had shaken off poverty, except those unable to attend for health reasons, would be supported to not drop out of school in the compulsory education stage.

Fund allocation would be weighted toward areas including once-impoverished regions and those inhabited by ethnic minorities, the ministry said.

China plans to recruit 84,330 college graduates as teachers in rural primary and middle schools in 2021 to promote rural vitalization, the ministry added.

The recruitment is mainly for the once-impoverished areas and those inhabited by ethnic minorities to consolidate poverty reduction results, according to a notice issued by the ministries of education and finance on carrying out rural special-post teacher recruitment program this year.