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60% Tibetan college students come from rural families

01-21-2014 15:59 BJT

The latest statistics from the Education Department of Tibet Autonomous Region show that over 7,900 Tibetan students from farmers' and herdsmen's families got admitted to colleges in 2013, which accounts for sixty percent of Tibet's total college enrollment.

In 2013, 18,327 students signed up for the college entrance examination in Tibet, and 13,289 of them got recruited. Among which, more than 7,900 Tibetan students were from farmers' and herdsmen's families.

"Almost 3 million people live in Tibet currently, and more than 2.4 million of them are farmers and herdsmen. As the college students from farmers' and herdsmen's families account for sixty percent in 2013, it explains the fairness in Tibet's education," said Ma Shengchang, director of the Education Department of Tibet Autonomous Region.

Ma Shengchang said the Chinese central government stepped up efforts to improve education in central and western regions of China in recent decades. A series of initiatives were implemented to help students from low-income families go to school.

Tsewang Dorje, 26 years old, is a sophomore in Tibet University.

Born in a poor farmer's family in Banbar County of Chamdo Prefecture, Tsewang Dorje dropped out of school after finishing compulsory education.

Since the "Three Guarantee" Policy was carried out in Tibet, Tsewang Dorje grabbed the opportunity and got back to school with the government paying for all his expenses including tuition, accommodation and food.

Tsewang Dorje is one of Tibetan students who benefitted from the educational preferential policies for Tibet and realized their dreams.

Since 1985 China has covered all tuitions, food and boarding expenses for Tibetan students from farmers' and herdsmen's families in the stage of compulsory education.

Twenty-eight years has passed by, the scope of coverage has extended to pre-school education, compulsory education, senior high school education for students in agriculture and animal husbandry areas and poverty-stricken downtown areas.

In 2007 Tibet became the first place in China to enjoy free nine-year compulsory education, and in 2012 the first place in China to enjoy 15-year free education (three-year preschool, six-year primary school, three-year junior middle school and three-year senior middle school).

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Tibet.cn

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