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City plans 150 more schools for suburbs

AN additional 150 schools and kindergartens will be built on the city's outskirts as growth of the migrant population outstrips the supply of education resources, the Shanghai Education Commission said yesterday.

Also, one district is addressing the shortage by using a grading system to determine which non-local families gain access to public kindergartens.

With the influx, the previous education blueprint for 2011 to 2015 couldn't meet the needs, officials said. So commission is drafting new plans to build another 150 kindergartens and schools in the suburbs, officials said.

While 71 percent of students are in the suburbs, only 65 percent schools and kindergartens are in those areas, officials said.

Most parents prefer to send their children to public kindergartens and schools, which are cheaper than private ones.

Minhang District, which has seen a big increase in its migrant population, is using a pilot program this year that grades non-local families for kindergarten admission to determine which children come first. According to the system, public kindergarten space for non-local children will be open first to those whose parents are deemed to have made a bigger contribution to the city's development.

The candidate family is evaluated according to the parents' years working in the city, social security insurance payments and even such factors as voluntary service and blood donations.

Children from non-local families with lower grades will have to go to private kindergartens or day care centers, if the public kindergartens have been occupied with those from the higher grades.

The district government offers subsidies to private kindergartens according to their intake of children.

Other districts in the city are also exploring new systems to help them deal with the issue, the commission said.


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