CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Shipai creates free education model

08-06-2010 08:30 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

With a population of less than 42 thousand people, Shipai was once a small township with a high proportion of under-educated people. But, its free education policy has changed local residents' minds on getting a good education.

Five years ago, Shipai was perceived as a under-developed township with under-educated people.

Zhai Chongbi, Party Secretary, Shipai Township, said, "We had no money at all, and very few people think of higher education. Most people didn't reach higher school, let alone college."

The reform began five years ago, when the township's government took measures to combine small schools and kindergartens into public and privately-run bigger ones lifting the standard of education.

But, high tuition fees kept many students away from the classroom. Financial support was badly needed.

Zhai said, "We made a calculation. Each year, 400 children were born in our township. Their tuition fees from kindergarten to college would altogether be 20 million yuan. This is only a small portion of our financial income each year, and is equivalent to the investment on any project."

The township decided to invest 20 million yuan per year on free-education, an investment without near-term gains, but one that would create long-term benefits for its people.

In 2008, the township government released a regulation to confirm plans and financial subsidies.

The policy has largely promoted people's will to be educated. In just a few years, the number of students entering college increased from zero to almost 200, with some going to the country's top universities.

Now, Shipai has also extended its free-education policy to 140 thousand migrant residents.

With the country's ambitious strategy for more equal and affordable education, Shipai has become a successful model being used by others

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.cn

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program