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City faces shortfall in pre-school capacity

AN unlicensed suburban kindergarten was shut down in the new semester and the education authorities are working to relocate the nursery's kids, mostly migrant children, to nearby licensed ones, although the city is -facing a serious shortage of spaces for pre-schoolers.

The newly decorated facilities were built more than 40 years ago and failed to meet the anti-earthquake requirements for school buildings.

About 352,000 enrolled at kindergartens around the city in 2009. By 2015, the number is expected to grow to 500,000.

Shanghai has been on a building spree to tackle the boom in numbers. The city plans to build 40 kindergartens this year. But, soaring demand has far exceeds the construction of new buildings.

In response, suburban kindergartens have been allowed to enlarge class capacity to a maximum of 33 kids this semester to tackle the shortage.


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