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City makes room for migrant pupils

THE Minhang District government has set aside enough space to relocate the remaining 300 migrant workers' children from an illegal town school to a nearby school funded by the town's government.

Wujing Town government officials are working hard to inform parents of the initiative and persuading them to move their children into the new school as the new semester begins today.

The illegal school will be demolished after all students are relocated.

The days for other migrant schools in the city are also numbered.

In the new semester, more than 90 percent of the children of migrant workers will be educated at public schools or private schools managed by the government, 16 percent higher than last year's figure.

"All migrant children will be able to enjoy free education at schools under the wing of the city government by next year," said Yin Houqing, deputy director of the Shanghai Education Commission.

City education authorities plan to close all substandard migrant schools and turn better-equipped ones into private schools funded and managed by the government by the end of next year.

The Wujing Town facility is one of 240-plus migrant schools the city began to regulate at the start of 2008.

The school had 656 regis-tered students at the end of last semester and it's impossible for them all to be transferred to nearby public schools in the town due to limited spaces.

Parents protested against their children being relocated to schools in other towns.

The town government relocated the whole Grade Six class at a nearby private primary school to a town public middle school to make room for the remaining students.

About 300 students of the migrant school have been transferred and are ready to begin classes today.


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