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Education chief ready for student boom

SHANGHAI will have enough schools to cope with the boom in student numbers caused by changes to the family planning laws, a senior education official said yesterday.

Over the next three to five years there are likely to be 75,000 to 150,000 more children in the city, Shanghai Education Commission Director Su Ming said yesterday.

But building schools is part of the long-term plan, he said, adding that between 30 and 40 new ones open every year.

The authorities have successfully predicted population fluctuations in the past and will keep doing so in the future.

“As long as we continue to plan, we can deal with the increased numbers,” he said.

Under revised family planning rules that took effect on March 1, Shanghai couples can now apply to have a second child if either of them is an only child.

Meanwhile, Yin Houqing, an official with the Shanghai Education Commission, called on parents to consider the wellbeing of their children when selecting schools for them.

“It is pointless to send a child to a school miles from home just because its students perform slightly better in tests,” he said.

It’s more important that children get enough sleep, he said.


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