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Govt funds help 410m Chinese students in five years

Updated: Dec 10,2015 9:41 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — A total of 410 million Chinese students received financial support from the government between 2010 and 2014, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Dec 9.

China spent more than 556 billion yuan ($86.7 billion) between 2010 and 2014 to help students at all levels, from preschool up to university, said an assessment report on China’s educational reform and development.

In 2014, funds made available for subsidies were 142.1 billion yuan, more than double the amount of 2009.

The subsidies have generally been well managed, with only a few problems in some cities and counties. Nearly 10 percent of eligible regions have yet to establish an institution to administer the grants, and some failed to pay subsidies in a timely manner, said Ding Xiaohao, vice head of the Institute of Economics of Education with Peking University.

Zhao Jianjun, an MOE official, said that the ministry, in the next five years, will gradually improve the subsidizing standard to ensure basic schooling needs for students with family financial difficulties.

The assessment was based on government documents and research reports on funding students from departments in the country’s 31 provincial-level regions from 2010 to 2014.