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Unsafe schools to be repaired in Guangdong

07-01-2010 10:47 BJT

BEIJING, July 1 (Xinhuanet) -- After a recent inspection showed that about 25 percent of middle and primary schoolhouses in South China's Guangdong province are unsafe, a senior education official has vowed to raise funds for school restorations and reconstructions.

In addition to money from the government, schools should raise their construction funds through co-operation with companies, bank loans and donations from society and overseas compatriots, Wang Yuxue, deputy inspector from the Guangdong provincial department of education, said on Wednesday.

"The multiple fund-raising channels will help Guangdong narrow the investment gap for the province's school construction and reconstruction," Wang said at a work conference on Wednesday.

Currently, school construction funds mainly come from the government, he said.

The latest official figures show Guangdong still has 3.43 million square meters of school buildings with "serious safety hazards". The unsafe schools represent about 25 percent of the province's total, according to officials at the conference.

These wooden and brick frame schools, which are mainly located in rural areas, threaten the lives of many students and teachers in the western, eastern and northern parts of the province, Wang said.

But the number of substandard schools in the province or the names of unsafe schools were not released.

Wang promised that inspectors will make unannounced, random visits to schools across the province. He also urged local governments to speed up school restorations and reconstructions in the following months to remove the hidden dangers.

Early this year, Song Hai, vice-governor of Guangdong, signed responsibility contracts with 21 cities addressing the safety of the school buildings.

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