Province Releases Plan to Allow Migrant Workers Children to Take Entrance Exams
Qualified children of migrant workers can now sit and take the National College Entrance Exams in Shenzhen in 2014 after the Guangdong Provincial Government published a plan. Guangdong is one of the 13 provinces and municipalities that are formulating plans that will ensure rural children that followed their parents to cities can enjoy the same educational rights as their urban counterparts.
These children will be allowed to enter local senior high schools if the provincial plans pushes through. By the end of March Shenzhen will be announcing their rules for recruiting migrant children in the local senior high schools. The provincial plans states that children of high level technician and migrant workers that were granted Guangdong hukou and residency permits through an integrating plan are allowed to take the college entrance exams in Guangdong province this year.
Children of workers with stable jobs and incomes and covered by the provinces social insurance programs for three years can apply to take the exams in the province by 2014 considering that they have spent three years in high school in Guangdong. In 2016 children of migrant workers with residency permits and paid social insurance for three years will be able to sit and take the exams can compete with other on equal footing.
The new rule allows qualified students to take the exams in Shenzhen rather than having them travel back t their hometowns. Compared to other plans the plan Guangdong devised has a lower threshold for students without Guangdong hukou.