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CHINA PLANS TO ELIMINATE SUPERSIZED CLASSES IN THEIR PRIMARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION
OVERSIZED CLASSES HOLD OVER 56 WHILE SUPERSIZED CLASSES HOLD OVER 66 STUDENTS.
CHINESE GOVERNMENT SAYS THE NUMBER WILL BE KEPT TO 5% AT MOST BY 2020
The Chinese government plans to eliminate supersized classes by 2020. The supersized classes in primary and middle schools accommodate more than 66 students per class. This was in accordance to a report made known on Wednesday.
A document jointly issued by The Ministry of Education, National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance revealed that percentage of the oversized classes in Chinese primary and middle schools nationwide having over 56 students per class will be reduced to at most 5% by 2020.
In China’s compulsory education system, oversized and supersized classes have always been a major issue due to increase in urbanization and migration. This has resulted in inadequacy of resources for quality education in some regions.
As at October, the oversized classes in Chinese primary and middle schools accommodating 66 students registered 48.7% year-on-year drop – the largest number ever recorded in 10years .This information was made known by Lyu Yugang, an official of the Ministry of Education at a press conference as he made reference to a recent nationwide survey.
Currently, 1.2% of Chinese primary and middle schools classes are oversized while 8.1% are supersized.
Mr Lyu Yugang, the Ministry of Education official, said that the educational authorities in collaboration with local governments would direct more resources towards poverty-stricken regions, encouraging them to allocate more land for schools so as to improve the quality of education in primary and middle schools in the rural areas.
The Chinese government had earlier in March during the annual session of the National People’s Congress reported they would do more to cut down the number of oversized and supersized classes.