China is set to provide free education to poor students to increase the school enrollments.
According to a report in Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), Vice president of the National Institute of Education Sciences, Zeng Tianshan has said that China's senior high school enrollment rate is still lower than that in developed countries. "The expansion of senior high school enrollment will not only help enhance the quality of higher education but increase the average years of schooling. Now the average is just 10.1 years. The development of senior high education is of great importance to improving the quality of the population."
China will provide free senior high education to all students in the country with the gross enrollment rate expected to reach 90 per cent by 2020. China has adopted a double-track model for senior high education i.e., the normal senior high education and a secondary vocational education. The experts has said that improving the quality of senior high education in remote rural areas should be a main concern.
According to the reports, China will waive off the tuition fees in secondary vocational schools and will provide funding to the poor students. This initiative will help around 20 million secondary vocational students.
The government has brought a new law making cheating a crime. The students trying to copy in examinations in China will face a jail term of up to seven years.