Shenzhen embarks on education upgrade

Stung by recent poor appraisals of its education system, Shenzhen’s city government has unveiled ambitious short-term targets for investment into and and upgrading of the city’s schools. “Suggestions for Improving Educational Quality” were unveiled yesterday by local media.

As Nanfang Daily reports, all three levels of basic education are being targeted. For preschools education, more public kindergartens will be built immediately, with the target set for a 50% weighting among the city’s total number of kindergartens by next year. Primary and secondary schools, meanwhile, will see enrolment jump by 25% in time for the 2020 academic year.

High schools and universities, however, are getting the most attention, as that is where the shortages are most severe. Only 47% of middle school leavers were able to enter high school in the city last year, and that dropped to 45% this year. By next year, Shenzhen will have established more than 30 new public high schools, providing an additional 60,000 places for students. 

More detailed plans are under way for the establishment of “high-standard” universities at a world-class level, the city says, which will involve :enhancing cooperation between universities in Shenzhen and abroad”.

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