Educational Reforms to be Expanded to Benefit More Schools
The city has released a series of new measures that is intended to deepen the education reforms that will be implemented before the year ends. The new measures focuses on raising the students overall development, promote balance distribution of educational resources and improve the overall recruitment for compulsory education.
The municipal education bureau issues guidelines that will evaluate a students overall development and the evaluation mechanism will cover all aspects of a students growth which will include moral integrity, innovative ability, international perspective, information literacy, aesthetic awareness, living skills, mental and physical health together with academic achievements.
The educational bureau will also implement a citywide point based enrollment policy for compulsory education that will give points to applicants based on a range of criteria namely residency status and payment history of their social security. The policy also states that local children regardless of the hukou status can enroll in the nearest school as long as they have reached the required points. The poin based enrollment policy was first used in 2013 and is proven to be effective as complaints have dropped 80 percent. Furthermore a new round of enrollment will be launched late March and will focus on fairness on enrollment of students.
And to improve private education, the educational bureau will be supporting private schools with tax rebates and offer subsidies to teachers together with favorable policies on land use and fund raising. To promote a balance development of schools, principals and teachers will be invited to exchange positions in local schools during the second half of the 2104 school year. Participants in the exchange program will be paired off in partners to better maximize educational resources.