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36 new schools to meet migrant demand

Qingpu District will build 36 new schools in the next three years — including 12 kindergartens — to cope with increasing numbers of children from migrant families, officials said yesterday.

About 62 percent of the 114,000 students at educational establishments from kindergartens to high schools are migrant children, said Yin Guorong, director of the Qingpu District Education Bureau.

“The increasing number of migrant children is a big challenge for us because every migrant child has a different background and academic level,” Yin said.

Yin said many migrant children followed their parents to Shanghai but haven’t studied English because English is not taught in some provinces until the third grade.

“We can’t ask these children to  repeat first and second year, as this would hurt their confidence and is not appropriate for their age.

“Their families cannot afford private tutoring, so teachers give extra lessons after class to ensure they can catch up with classmates,” Yin said.

Yin said some migrant parents were more focused on earning a living than with their children’s studies at home.

Some 80 percent of migrant parents hold an education degree to middle school level or lower, which is why many don’t give enough attention to children’s studies, Yin claimed.



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