Nanjing maps out plan to improve education during 2021-25
Primary school students return to school in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. [Photo/CFP]
Nanjing in East China's Jiangsu province recently released its 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) for education which aims to build a complete and high-quality education system.
Zhou Peng, a deputy director of the education bureau of Nanjing, said at a news conference on Dec 29 that the city will add more than 100 kindergartens and 60 primary and middle schools as well as increase the admission quota by 100,000 over the next five years.
According to Zhou, the admission quota of schools in Nanjing is expected to be insufficient in the future due to the mass movement of people to urban areas and the phasing out of the one-child policy.
More high-quality educational resources will be allocated to the suburbs and rural areas in the city to achieve more balanced education development, said Zhou.
During the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20), Nanjing invested 156.6 billion yuan ($24.6 billion) in the education sector and opened eight high schools, 271 kindergartens, as well as 106 schools that provide compulsory education, said Zhang Sheng, an official at the CPC Nanjing Municipal Committee.
In addition, Nanjing's schools have offered after-class services to over 95 percent of students, helping ease their burden of excessive homework and off-campus tutoring, said Dai Xinghai, a deputy director of Nanjing's education bureau.